Our Mission: The Berks History Center is an educational center that serves to engage and excite our community by interpreting its unique past to understand the present and inspire the future.


The Berks History Center

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Please note: Our Best of Annapolis has been canceled.


Our “Shaken Not Stirred: A 1960’s Cocktail and Dance Party” is being rescheduled.  Please stay tuned for more information.




Time is running out to visit our exhibit: “From I Had A Dream To I Want to Hold Your Hand: The Evolution of Modern Media”  click here for more details.

Come see the new exhibit on the History of the Reading School of Health Services Nursing Program, 1889-2014, by the Nursing Schools Alumni Association and Reading Health Services.



Support the Light the Courthouse Project!



The Henry Janssen Library


 Attention Researchers

The HJL does not accept research requests by email or over the phone.  Please click here for more information regarding our research service.


We do not accept new researchers after 3:30pm.



Check our the new online exhibit about our Ancona Books.


HJL Book Club Upcoming Books:
February 18: Ike: An American Hero, by Michael Korda
April 15: The Johnstown Flood, by David McCullough
June 17: When The Rackets Reigned, by Edward Taggert  Please note, Mr. Taggert’s book can also be purchased at the Berks History Center’s Museum Store.



The Hendel House




Are you looking for a venue to host a small function?  Consider the Historic Hendel House.


The Hendel House is currently accessible by appointment only.


To make your reservations please contact Cindy Kauffman at 610-413-8520 or by email at clk@hendelhouse.org.