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

Museum Holiday Schedule:

CLOSED – December 24 through December 27.

OPEN – December 28 through December 30.

CLOSED – Saturday, December 31, 2016.

Regular Museum hours will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2016.

(Please note library hours differ. See below)

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Announcing the 2016 William and Elizabeth Hiester Manuscript Competition.  Click here for more information.



Attention Researchers:

The HJL does not accept research requests by email or over the phone.  

We do not accept new researchers after 3:30pm

Library Holiday Schedule:

CLOSED – December 24 through February 2017.

The Henry Janssen Library will remain closed through February due to a new shelving installation project. The library will reopen for research at the end of Februrary (exact date TBA). We apologize for the inconvenience while we upgrade our storage facilities. 


February 17, 2017 – The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey, by Candice Millard

April 19, 2017 – The Wright Brothers, by David McCollough