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January 2020

Movies & Memories in Queens & Corona with Charlie Adams

January 25

Get nostalgic at the Museum of the Moving Image at the former Paramount Studios and visit the site of the 1939-40 and 1964-65 World’s Fair, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Enjoy lunch on your own in historic Astoria. Price of the trip does not include bus driver tip. Elite Coach is our transportation provider. Bus departs the Shilling Shopping Center parking lot BEHIND the PA Driver’s License Photo Center at 7:00 am and will return at approximately 8:00 pm. $100 members/$110…

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February 2020

Freedom-Seekers Turned Freedom-Fighters

February 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Join journalist and author, Jim Remsen as he chronicles the experiences of a group of fugitive slaves who escaped southern bondage, dared to openly build new lives in Pennsylvania, and later returned south to fight for the Union. Journalist and author Jim Remsen will present an illustrated history talk, “Freedom-Seekers Turned Freedom-Fighters,” which chronicles the experiences of a group of fugitive slaves who escaped southern bondage and dared to openly build new lives in the North. Once the Civil War…

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German Star Workshop

February 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Join the Vardjans of PA Folk Art Papers and learn how to make this traditional PA Dutch craft. Cost includes materials and instruction. $20 Members/$25 Non-Members Call Education Curator, Vicky Heffner at 610-375-4375 to register. 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 – February 19

February 19 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 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 February we will be discussing: Grant, by Ron Chernow 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…

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March 2020

Votes for Women: Berks Suffrage 2020 Centennial Kick-Off Event

March 14 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Kick off the Berks Suffrage 2020 Centennial with women’s historian, Hallie Vaughan, who will portray the influential suffragist, Alice Paul and share the history of the women’s suffrage movement. Following the program, enjoy a theatrical performance of “System Shakers and Barrier Breakers: The Suffragists,” written and performed by Berks County women. Tickets: $5 members, $8 non-members All tickets are general admission. Seating is first come, first serve. Doors open at 9am. Call 610-375-4375 to register or purchase $8 tickets online.…

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The Other Mt. Vernon

March 26 @ 7:00 am - 7:30 pm

Built for George Washington’s step-granddaughter, Eleanor “Nelly” Parke Custis, Woodlawn is within view of Mt. Vernon. Nearby is the Pope-Leighey House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Cost includes lunch at the Mt. Vernon Inn Restaurant and admission to the 57th Annual Woodlawn Needlework Show and Sale. Lunch will be a special treat at the Mt. Vernon Inn Restaurant with a choice of Beef Brisket or Turkey with Gravy. The meal includes Spinach and Strawberry Salad, Mashed Potatoes and Dessert. Price…

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April 2020

Binsa Graw Egg Workshop

April 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Learn how PA Germans once used the “pith” of binsa graws (meadow rush) to decorate eggs at Easter time. Includes instruction and materials. $20 Members/$25 Non-Members. Registration Required. Contact Vicky Heffner at 610-375-4375 to register. 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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5th Annual Berks History Conference

April 4 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Join us for our 5th annual history gathering featuring informative lectures on women’s history and the suffrage movement in Berks County. Lunch provided. Call for prices and brochure. More information TBA. 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 15

April 15 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 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 April we will be discussing The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War by A.J. Baime   Fee:  $5.00 donation to the Adopt-A-Collection Fund You do not need to be a member of the Berks History…

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Ride the Rails of the Allentown and Auburn Railroad

April 25 - April 26
Allentown and Auburn Railroad, 232 Railroad St,
Kutztown,, PA 19530
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Two tenative train ride dates scheduled for April 25 & 26. More information TBA.

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