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December 2016

Henry Janssen Library – CLOSED

December 24, 2016 @ 8:00 am - February 27, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Henry Janssen Library, 160 Spring Street
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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   The Henry Janssen Library will close on December 24, 2016 and will remain closed through February due to a new shelving installation project. The library will reopen for research at the end of Februrary (exact date TBA). We apologize for the inconvenience while we upgrade our storage facilities.

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March 2017

Famous Ladies of Berks County

March 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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See history come alive with historical reenactments and first-person storytelling of the famous women of Berks County. $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. This event is sponsored by the Berks County Commission for Women. Berks History Center is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission

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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

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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. 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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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. Lunch will be provided. Call for prices and brochure or click here. RSVP by April 1st.

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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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