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April 2017

Rolling Pin Basket Workshop

April 1 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Bring your favorite old rolling pin or purchase a new one, we’re going to use it as the handle for this rectangular storage basket! $45/Members, $55/Non-Members Registration Required. Please contact Education Curator Vicky Heffner at 610-375-4375 to reserve your spot!

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Soldiers, Steam & Spies: The Northern Central Railway in the Civil War

April 8 @ 10:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Ride the rails of history with author Scott Mingus, Sr. to uncover how the railway was pivotal to U.S. history. $8.00 non-members, $5.00 members, Free for Gold Card Members Light Refreshments served at 9:30AM Off street parking available at the Henry Janssen Library, 160 Spring Street, Reading. Berks History Center is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission

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The Labor of Our Fingertips: Poems from Manufacturing History in Berks County

April 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Let Berks history come alive as writer and poet Jennifer Hetrick shares the poetry, images and details of a 3- year poetry project that tells the stories and memories of Berks County manufacturing workers. This is a FREE program. Open to the public and all ages. Please join us! Off street parking available at the Henry Janssen Library, 160 Spring Street, Reading. Berks History Center is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission

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HJL Book Club – The Wright Brothers

April 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Henry Janssen Library, 160 Spring Street
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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  The Wright Brothers by David McCullough The HJL Book Club meets on the 3rd Wednesday of February, April, June, August and October.  Discussion Starts at 5:30 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. Kim and Lisa provide beverages.  We kindly ask that you bring a brown bag dinner. If you have any book ideas, please email them to Kim at KRichards@berkshistory.org If…

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Butterfly Atrium at Hershey Gardens

April 21

Our morning begins with a guided tour at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, where we will share the historical evolution of all types of vehicles. No other automobile museum in PA comes close to its uniqueness and historical value. Lunch will be very special, a buffet at the historic Hershey Hotel. Just opened, the 16,000-square-foot conservatory is the first permanent, year-round building at Hershey Gardens. Stepping into the climate-controlled Butterfly Atrium is like stepping into another world! Following…

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2nd Annual Berks History Conference

April 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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    Join us for our 2nd annual gathering of history enthusiasts featuring informative lectures on Berks County history by academics, historians, and conservation experts. Conference Topics Include: The Home of Vagabonds, Poor Sheep, and Miserable Earthly Worms: Religious Pluralism in Colonial Berks County Dr. Karen Guenther 18th Century Tall Case Clocks Gregg Perry Globalization in the 1830s: Moncure Robinson, Michel Chevalier and the Reading Railroad Dr. Darwin H. Stapleton Understanding Your Ancestors' Money Irvin Rathman Lunch will be provided. RSVP…

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Azalea Festival Virginia

April 27 - April 30

Enjoy 4 days and 3 nights touring Norfolk’s most esteemed attractions including the VA Naval Base and MacArthur Memorial. Tickets also include reserved seats at the Azalea Festival’s Parade of Nations and the International Tattoo Show featuring Marching Bands & Precision Drill Teams. Click here for more information. $650 Double Occupancy For more information and reservations call 610-375-4375.  

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May 2017

Ruling the Roost: Reading’s Social Heyday

May 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Explore Reading’s forgotten social scene, including Mt. Penn’s Gravity Railroad Wine Trail, the legendary “Big Bearded Santa Claus of the Hills”, and his infamous Kuechler’s Roost, in a presentation by freelance food & drink writer, Mike Madaio. $8.00 non-members, $5.00 members, Free for Gold Card Members Light Refreshments served at 9:30AM Off street parking available at the Henry Janssen Library, 160 Spring Street, Reading. Berks History Center is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission

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Cheers to History

May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Relive Reading’s high society heyday with an exclusive Summer Social hosted by Reading Occasional Cocktail Clube. Enjoy music, cocktails, and food. Tickets required. Call for more information.

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June 2017

Footprints on the Mountain

June 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Ride along the Gravity Railroad and recount the glory days of the many resorts and wineries that graced Mt. Penn with a presentation and book signing by local writer and historian Corrie Crupi. $8.00 non-members, $5.00 members, Free for Gold Card Members Light Refreshments served at 9:30AM Off street parking available at the Henry Janssen Library, 160 Spring Street, Reading. Berks History Center is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission

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