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September 2019

Faith & Fire

September 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Discover the industrial history of southern Berks with Former BHC Trustee, Evans Goodling, and learn about the men and women who helped to establish Morgantown’s Historic St. Thomas Church, one of Berks County’s earliest churches, and its association with Joanna Furnace. 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…

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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) Online Tickets Now Available! Other advance ticket purchase options will be available on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.     Tickets will also be…

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Ghost Tour of Mt. Penn

October 13 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join local historian, Corrie Crupi-Zana, on a ghostly bus tour of one of the spookiest areas in the county, Spook Lane. Pre-Payment Required. Call 610-375-4375 to register. Space limited. $5.00 members, $8.00 non-members. (Price does not include bus driver tip)

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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 Rain or shine. A tasting of local Berks County foods will be provided. Hayride will be available, weather permitting. Tickets: $15/person. Advance Purchase Required. Online Tickets Now Available or Call 610-375-4375

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November 2019

Cherokee Comb Basket Workshop

November 2 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Learn to weave a Cherokee-inspired wall-hanging basket using many colored reeds with Education Curator, Vicky Heffner. Materials and instruction included. Registration Required. $45 members/$55 non-members. Call 610-375-4375 to register.

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Stroll Through History

November 2 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Visit the longtime residents of Charles Evans Cemetery who were involved with the Schuylkill Navigation System as well as the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad with historian, Mark Pflum. There will be tour available. Tours scheduled at 12:30pm AND 2:30pm. Pre-Payment Required. $5.00 members, $8.00 non-members. Call 610-375-4375 to register.

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Hike Through History

November 3 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

While this destination lacks a boardwalk, Wildwood is Reading’s little-known history secret! Explore Reading’s Wildwood on a guided hiking tour led by Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club member, Paul Schumann, and Reading historian and BHC Trustee, Corrie Crupi-Zana. Pre-Payment Required. $5.00 members, $8.00 non-members. Call 610-375-4375 to register

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It’s a Gift! Open House

November 7 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
It’s A Gift!, 720 Penn Ave
West Reading, PA

Shop local , save, and support the Berks History Center’s 150th Anniversary during a casual open house at It’s a Gift! Shoppers will receive 20% off their total purchase and 20% will support the BHC. Refreshments provided. Please RSVP. Call 610-375-4375.

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