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November 2017

World War I & Berks Project & Temporary Exhibit

November 10, 2017 - November 10, 2018
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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  The World War I & Berks project is a year-long commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of World War I that examines Berks County’s contributions to the Great War and the effects the war had on our local community. The World War I & Berks exhibit, located in the Berks History Center’s Palmer Gallery, tells how Reading and Berks County responded to the nation’s call to arms through a remarkable eagerness to serve and unwavering patriotism. The exhibit began with the Gallery Opening Reception…

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March 2018

Easter Basket Workshop

March 3 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Start a new Easter tradition! Learn to weave a basket that can be used during the holiday season for years to come. Instruction and materials included. $45.00 members/$55 non-members Registration Required. To register send payment to Vicky Heffner, Education Curator, at 940 Centre Ave. Reading, PA 19601 or call 610-375-4375.

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Hello Girls: America’s 1st Female Soldiers

March 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Discover the controversy behind the army’s forgotten WWI servicewomen with Women’s History enthusiast Hallie Vaughn.  Sponsored by the Berks County Commission for Women. No Tickets Required. All Second Saturday programs are "pay at the door." $5.00 members, $8.00 non-members. Light Refreshments served at 9:30AM Off street parking available at 160 Spring Street, Reading. All programs subject to change. Berks History Center is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission

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April 2018

Berks Brewing and Breweriana Fest

April 14 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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  Kick off BHC’s spring Foodways celebration with a look at Berks County’s legendary beer brewing history in a presentation led by Breweriana Aficionado, Chad Campbell, followed by a breweriana collector’s display. Beer tasting hosted by Oakbrook Brewing Company. Food available for purchase. $5.00 members, $8.00 non-members. Light Refreshments served at 9:30AM Off street parking available at 160 Spring Street, Reading. All programs subject to change. Berks History Center is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission

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HJL Book Club – April 2018

April 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Henry Janssen Library, 160 Spring Street
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Join the Club! Read, learn and discuss fascinating historical books with other #berkshistorybuffs. You don’t need to be a member to join the discussion. Please bring a $5 donation and your dinner to enjoy! In April we will be discussing: TBA Fee:  $5.00 donation to the Adopt-A-Collection Fund You do not need to be a member of the Berks History Center to join the discussion. We will provide beverages.  We kindly ask that you bring a brown bag dinner.  …

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3rd Annual Berks History Conference

April 21 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Berks County’s Foodways Join us for our 3rd annual gathering of history enthusiasts featuring informative lectures on Berks County history by academics and historians. The 2018 Conference will explore the Foodways of Berks County. Conference Topics Include: Cooking in Old Berks: Alan G. Keyser Reviving Local Spirits: Whiskey Distilling in Berks County: Bradley K. Smith The Berks County Radish & Other Tales: Dr. Irwin Richman Threatened with Want in the Midst of Plenty: Dr. Clarissa F. Dillon Lunch will be provided. RSVP by April 17th. To learn more click here for a brochure.

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A Hike Through History

April 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Explore the historical treasures of Mt. Penn with a guided hiking tour led by Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club adventurist Paul Schumann and Pagoda-Skyline historian Corrie Crupi. Reservations and hiking experience required. Call 610-375-4375 for reservations and more information.

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May 2018

Along the Susquehanna

May 4

Explore Historic Columbia and Wrightsville with a visit to Wrights Ferry Mansion, The First National Bank Museum, and Burning of the Bridge Diorama. $105 members/$115 non-members Bus departs from the Shillington Shopping Center parking lot BEHIND where the Driver’s License Center is located at 8:30 am, and we will return at approximately 6:00 pm. Transportation is provided by Elite Coach (price does not included bus driver’s tip). Click here for more information. To register contact Vicky Heffner, Education Curator, at…

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Sugar & Spice & a Pinch of History

May 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Indulge your senses and explore the medicinal and culinary uses of herbs dating back to the 1700’s with Grace Moll, a member of the PA Herb Society and Founder of the Muhlenberg Garden Club. No Tickets Required. All Second Saturday programs are "pay at the door." $5.00 members, $8.00 non-members. Light Refreshments served at 9:30AM Off street parking available at 160 Spring Street, Reading. All programs subject to change. Berks History Center is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum…

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June 2018

Berks Country Fest Storytellers

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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      The 2018 installment of Berks Country Fest's popular Storyteller Series continues with “The Waters of Glacier”, a brand new multimedia show of music and film, never before presented to the public, written by Jill Haley when she lived in Glacier National Park, Montana. The music is written for oboe, English horn, piano, and guitar, and she will be accompanied by David Cullen and Sue McDevitt. Throughout the session Jill will share the story of how her inspirations in…

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