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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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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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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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Uncovering the Truth: 88th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry

June 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Descendants of the 88th, Mike Abouy, Todd Lessug and John Warren, share a brief history of the 88th regiment and their stories of finding original source materials. $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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Berks County Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Gallery Reception

June 13 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Celebrate the newest members of the Berks County Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with friends, family, and refreshments. Only at the Berks County Rock & Roll Hall of Fame exhibit at the Berks History Center! Regular Museum Admission: $7.00 Adults, $5.00 Seniors, $4.00 Children, Members Free

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