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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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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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May 2020

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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June 2020

Three Cheers and a Ringgold Tiger!  The First of the First Defenders

June 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Discover the stories behind the Ringgold Light Artillery before they became the preeminent light artillery company in Eastern Pennsylvania, with Civil War historian, Mark Pflum. No Tickets Required. All Second Saturday programs are “pay at the door.” $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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