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April 2020

CANCELED: HJL Book Club – April 15

April 15 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Henry Janssen Library, 160 Spring Street
Reading, PA 19601 United States

The April 15th meeting of the HJL Book Club has been canceled. The book "The Arsenal of Democracy" will be discussed at the next meeting scheduled on June 17, 2020. 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…

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CANCELED: Berks History Express: History & Wine on the Allentown & Auburn Railroad

April 25 @ 2:00 am - 5:00 pm
Allentown and Auburn Railroad, 232 Railroad St,
Kutztown,, PA 19530

To ensure the safety of our community this event has been canceled. We plan to reschedule this train excursion in spring 2021. If you purchased tickets to this event you are entitled to a full refund and will receive an email about the refund process. If you have any questions, please contact Vicky Heffner at education@berkshistory.org All Aboard the Berks History Express! Ride the Rails of History with the Berks History Center on the Allentown & Auburn Roadroad. Enjoy wine tastings…

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CANCELED: Walpurgisnacht: “May Eve” A Cross-Quarter Day

April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This event has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict. It may be rescheduled in the future. Join Charlie Adams for a twilight visit to Witchcraft Road and “Witches Hill” and uncover how this folkloric tradition migrated from the dark mountains of Europe to the hills of Pennsylvania. This driving tour takes place in Virginville. Pre-purchase Required. $20 Members/ $25 Non-Members. Call 610-375-4375 to register. Meeting locations will be given upon purchase.

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May 2020

CANCELED: Krista’s Oval Basket Workshop

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

To ensure the safety of our community this event has been canceled. We plan to reschedule this workshop in spring 2021. If you registered for this event you are entitled to a full refund and will be contacted directly. If you have any questions, please contact Vicky Heffner at education@berkshistory.org Learn how to weave a unique basket with a handmade handle with Education Curator, Vicky Heffner. Materials included. $45 Members/$55 Non-Members. Call Vicky Heffner at 610-375-4375 to register. Off street…

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Hike Through History

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

Explore Reading’s other famous resort mountain, Neversink, on a guided hiking tour led by Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club member, Paul Schumann, and author, Paul Druzba. $5 members/$8 non-members. Pre-purchase Required. Call 610-375-4375 to register.

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Homeschool Day

May 7 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Learn & play at the BHC museum with special guided tours & hands-on student activities. Reservations Required. Tour begins at 11am. Call 610-375-4375. Admission: $10 for parent and student with additional students costing $3.00 per child. Call Education Curator, Vicky Heffner to reserve your space. Call 610-375-4375

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Pennsylvania Iron Masters During the Revolution

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, Pennsylvania’s ironworks produced a large percentage of Colonial America’s iron.  The battles of Lexington and Concord were fought in the summer of 1775, and shortly thereafter Pennsylvania began to take measures for the defense of the state.  The first line of defense was directed toward arming merchant ships already afloat, with cannon.  While the proposal was good in theory, there were no cannon with which to arm them.  The solution was provided by Pennsylvania’s ironmasters.  Within a…

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PA German Tour with Lisa Minardi

May 29 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

   Explore PA German folk art at Trappe’s new Center for PA German Studies and enjoy tours of the Henry Muhlenburg House, Dewees Tavern, Speaker’s House, and Daniel Hiester House. Includes lunch at Grace’s Café. Join us for a day-long immersion in Pennsylvania German art and culture, beginning with a behind-the-scenes tour of the new Center for Pennsylvania German Studies in Trappe. Located in the historic Dewees Tavern, the Center has five exhibition galleries along with a fraktur/textiles study, research…

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June 2020

RESCHEDULED: The Other Mt. Vernon

June 11 @ 7:00 am - 7:30 pm

This bus trip was originally scheduled on March 26th and has been rescheduled to June 11th due to the concerns with COVID-19. Please contact Vicky Heffner at 610-375-4375 for any rescheduling conflicts or additional concerns.  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…

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Berks County Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annual Reception

June 12 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Celebrate the newest members of the Berks County Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with our annual meet & greet reception. Enjoy refreshments, entertainment and the Official 2020 Induction Ceremony. $5 General Admission

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