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.


The Berks History Center


Thanksgiving Holiday:

The Berks History Center and Henry Janssen Library will close at 2:00 on Wednesday, November 26th and we will reopen at 9:00 on Saturday, November 29th.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving.



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The Berks History Center will close December 24, 2014 and will reopen January 6, 2015 for the Christmas Holiday.

The Henry Janssen Library will remain closed until January 27, 2015 to catch up on collection work.


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.


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



The Henry Janssen Library will close December 24, 2014 and will reopen on January 27, 2015, to catch up on collection work.  We will continue to answer research requests during this time in the order in which they are received.


We thank for your patience and support!


 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.