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June 2019

BHC Annual Meeting & Potluck Dinner

June 27 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Members Only. Please join us for BHC’s annual update and progress report followed by a potluck dinner. Please RSVP. Call 610-375-4375

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Bloody Spring, Degler Chest, & the Hochstetler Massacres – Part II

June 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Learn about the attacks on Berks County settlers during the French and Indian War, including the tragic irony of murder and abduction of Amish, Brethren and Mennonite families along the Blue Mountain, and the prominent role of Conrad Weiser in the conflict. Presented by Barry Miller & Brian Engelhardt. No Tickets Required. Pay at the door. $5.00 members, $8.00 non-members. Off street parking available at 160 Spring Street, Reading. All programs subject to change. Berks History…

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July 2019

Hiwwe wie Driwwe – Friday Night Film Screening

July 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Friday Night is Movie Night at the BHC! Hiwwe wie Driwwe accompanies Douglas Madenford on a search for the roots of PA Dutch through his American homeland and through the Palatinate. On this trip he meets a cook in America who prepares pig stomach and an instructor who teaches PA-Dutch. In Germany he meets the linguist Dr. Michael Werner, who has been working intensively with PA-Dutch for many years, and Christian “Chako” Habekost, who is a Palatine comedian and also…

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Charter Day Jubilee

July 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

BHC’s 150th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration! Party like it’s 1869 and enjoy an evening of enchantment and entertainment with BHC’s special “museum theatre” featuring historical characters and storytellers throughout the museum. Berks historical figures such as Widow Finney, Rhea Duryea, and George Durell will come alive and share their Berks history in the 13 galleries and exhibits of the BHC museum. Also, enjoy the GRAND OPENING of the 150 Objects of Berks History exhibit. Participants will also enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a…

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Stonewall: 50 Years & Beyond

July 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Gay Liberation Front march on Times Square in New York, N.Y., 1969. Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots with a special evening reception and history program with Reading Pride at the BHC museum. More information TBA.

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August 2019

HJL Book Club – August 21

August 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Henry Janssen Library, 160 Spring Street
Reading, PA 19601 United States

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 August we will be discussing: Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, by Walter Isaacson 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…

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September 2019

Oley Valley Barn Tour: Part II

September 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Discover Hidden Barn Treasures in Historic Oley Valley with barn and house historian Greg Huber. Not only will Greg Huber enlighten us with his wealth of knowledge about barns while traveling throughout the Oley Valley but we will also tour the interior of several of the barns as well. Architectural features, building methods and materials utilized will explain the transition from European building styles over hundreds of year to that of early North American Barns to Ground, Sweitzer and Standard…

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October 2019

4 Centuries in Berks Historic Property Tour

October 12 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Berks History Center is proud to celebrate architectural styles intrinsic to the county’s historical and contemporary culture. This year we will be exploring the architectural treasures of the borough of Wyomissing. All proceeds will help support educational programs at the Berks History Center Tickets: $35.00 per person (The tour is limited to age 12 and older) Tickets on Sale in August 2019.

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HJL Book Club – October 16

October 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Henry Janssen Library, 160 Spring Street
Reading, PA 19601 United States

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 October we will be discussing: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J.D. Vance 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…

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Hidden Treasures of the Oley Valley

October 26 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Explore the historic Reiff Farm and the newly renovated Hartman Farm on a special property tour, including a visit to Berks County's oldest tree, the Sacred Oak Light fare provided. Tickets: $15/person. Advance Purchase Required. Online Tickets Now Available or Call 610-375-4375

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