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November 2017

World War I & Berks Project & Temporary Exhibit

November 10, 2017 - November 10, 2018
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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  The World War I & Berks project is a year-long commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of World War I that examines Berks County’s contributions to the Great War and the effects the war had on our local community. The World War I & Berks exhibit, located in the Berks History Center’s Palmer Gallery, tells how Reading and Berks County responded to the nation’s call to arms through a remarkable eagerness to serve and unwavering patriotism. The exhibit began with the Gallery Opening Reception…

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December 2017

Holiday House Tour of Historic Homes in Delaware

December 13

Celebrate the holiday season by visiting several historic homes in Delaware decorated for Christmas! Welcome to the tranquil village of Odessa, although in colonial times it was a busy grain shipping port. Tour beautifully restored 18th and 19th century homes with outstanding examples of household furnishings made by prominent Delaware cabinet makers. The Historic Odessa Foundation’s collection of regional paintings, prints, textiles, silver and pewter is steeped in Delaware history and rich in the finest samples of mid-Atlantic craftsmanship. For…

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January 2018

History of Postcards

January 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Join local historian Paul Druzba for a look at how postcards have evolved since first being introduced in the late 19th century including nostalgic scenes of early Berks County. $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 sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission

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Poe Cottage & Historic Yonkers with Charlie Adams

January 19, 2018

Celebrate Edgar Allan Poe 209th birthday with Charlie Adam and a visit to his home in NYC! Poe’s Cottage was where Edgar lived the last years of his life, from 1846 to 1849. This small wooden farmhouse, built in 1812, once commanded unobstructed vistas over the rolling Bronx hills to the shores of Long Island. This bucolic setting is where the great writer penned many of his most poetic works, including “Annabel Lee” and “The Bells.” On November 28, 1776,…

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February 2018

The Underground Railroad

February 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Explore the secretive Underground Railroad in the Susquehanna River region with a presentation by local historian and author Scott Mingus, Sr. $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 sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission

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HJL Book Club – February 2018

February 21, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Henry Janssen Library, 160 Spring Street
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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  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: Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr, by Nancy Isenberg   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…

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April 2018

Berks History Conference

April 21, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Berks County’s Foodways Join us for our 3rd annual gathering featuring four informative lectures on Berks County’s history. Lunch provided. Call for 610-375-4375 for prices and brochure. RSVP by April 1st.

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August 2018

Magical History Tour: Part 6

August 18, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Evergreen Club, 415 Harz Road
Fleetwood, 19522
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Join us for a rockin’ good time at the Magical History Tour: Hours of Flower Power.  This is THE event of the season! Berks History Center presents CHAPTER SIX of our local Berks County ‘Woodstock-like’ music festival. Reading and Berks are known for their great musicians and the venues where they played back in the day, such as the Hamburg Field House, St. Lawrence Stadium, the Bandshell, and even Boscov’s East’s parking lot! Reunions of local bands will include Hot Ice, Clench, and Number Nine. …

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October 2018

Four Centuries in Berks Historic Property Tour

October 6, 2018 @ 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. Join us on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 9AM-4PM for the 4 Centuries in Berks Historic Property Tour. All proceeds will help support educational programs at the Berks History Center Tour Location TBA. Tickets on sale August 2018. Tickets: $35.00 per person (The tour is limited to age 12 and older)

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