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Name Title Email Extension
Sime Bertolet Executive Director 101
Kimberly R. Brown  Director of Special Collections and Archive 113
Amy Smith Membership/Financial Administrator 111
Vicky Heffner Education Curator 108
Lisa Adams Assistant Archivist 115
Liz Fedorowich  Administrative Assistant 100
Alexis Campbell Administrative Assistant 100


Sime Bertolet
Executive Director
(610) 375-4375 ext 101

Kimberly R. Brown
Director of Special Collections and Archive
(610) 375-4375 ext 113

Kimberly R. Brown (Kim) currently serves as the Director of Special Collections and Archive for the Henry Janssen Library.  Kim is the first full-time archivist throughout the history of the historical society.  She received a Bachelors in History from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Masters in History, with a concentration in Public History from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.  Kim grew up in Lockport, New York and developed an interest in history after spending countless hours visiting historic places on family outings.  In 2000, Kim lived in Charleston, South Carolina, where she worked for the Historic Charleston Foundation at the Aiken-Rhett House.  After moving back to Lockport, Kim volunteered her time at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, New York, where she worked closely with the Fort’s curator until being accepted into the Public History Program at Wright State University.  While in graduate school, Kim spent time in the Air Force Research Laboratories History Office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, processing collections surrounding the Sonic Fatigue projects.  Kim was hired on at the Chemung County Historical Society in Elmira, NY shortly after graduating in November of 2004.  In January of 2008, she left the historical society to work as a Grant Writer for GST BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services), where she wrote grants for several school districts.  In October of 2008, Kim accepted the position as Director of the Henry Janssen Library.

Amy Smith
Membership/Financial Administrator
(610) 375-4375 ext 111

Amy Smith is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster PA, and has been with the Historical Society since 2004. She handles the details of membership and is involved in all aspects of the Society’s finances, under the direction of the Treasurer and the Board of Trustees. In her free time, Amy enjoys knitting, reading and cooking.

Vicky Heffner
Education Curator
(610) 375-4375 ext 108

Vicky L. Heffner has twenty-five years experience as a Museum Teacher.  The Berks History Center is designated as an Education Improvement Organization, therefore greatly increasing student guided tours of the Museum and Hands-On History Room.  Vicky organizes the guided tours entirely, including the transportation needs of the groups and coordinating the volunteer Docents. Preschool groups also enjoy visits to the Hands-On History Room. Vicky supervises the junior historian club sponsored by the Berks History Center, meeting with 1776ers once a month during the school year and traveling to area museums on summer field trips.  Two week-long Junior Historian Camps are held each June for children ages 7 to 14.  Girl Scout sleepovers are also held each spring and each season has a theme such as 2014’s International Food Tour. Additional special events for families are organized by the Education Department such as Kitty Jones of Kit’s Interactive Theater, and Vicky assists with museum exhibitions, lectures, programs, receptions and special events including the 4 Centuries in Berks Property Tour.  Vicky also organizes four bus trips each calendar year, two one-day trips and two overnight trips.

Elizabeth Fedorowich
Administrative Assistant
(610) 375-4375 ext 100

Lisa Adams
Assistant Archivist
(610) 375-4375 ext 115

Alexis Campbell

Administrative Assistant
(610) 375-4375 ext. 100