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November 2018

From the Frontlines: Diary of a WWI Soldier – Part II

November 10, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

William Emanuel Richardson, front row far left, without a hat. He's with the 313 Machine Gun Battalion, shipboard on the Mercury, on his way to France in 1918. The officer sitting next to him, Lt. Parsons was killed in the Meuse Argonne fighting. Experience the challenges and triumphs of the Great War through the eyes of a WWI soldier with 2nd presentation by William Richardson as he reads and interprets his father’s WWI diaries. This is not a repeat presentation…

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December 2018

The Reading Main Line

December 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Explore Berks County’s famous railroading history with local railroad historian, Benjamin Bernhart, including nostalgic scenes from the holiday season. 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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January 2019

Mouns Jones and The Schuylkill Valley Indian Trade

January 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Investigate the relations between Native Americans and European settlers of William Penn's Province, and the role of Mouns Jones and other licensed Indian Traders in the Manatawny back-country with an illustrated narrative by Berks County Preservation Trust historians, Larry Ward and Brad Kissam. 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…

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February 2019

Bloody Spring, Degler Chest, & the Hochstetler Massacres

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

Learn about the attacks on Berks County settlers during the French and Indian War, including the tragic irony of murder and abduction of Amish, Brethren and Mennonite families along the Blue Mountain, and the prominent role of Conrad Weiser in the conflict. Presented by Barry Miller & Brian Engelhardt. 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…

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March 2019

Code Breakers

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

Discover the story of the American Women of WWII who broke codes, mastered ciphers, and helped to defeat the enemy with Women’s History enthusiast, Hallie Vaughn. 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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April 2019

4th Annual Berks History Conference

April 13 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Join us for our 4th annual history gathering featuring 4 informative lectures on Berks County’s Civil War history.   Conference Topics Include: Three Cheers and a Ringgold Tiger! The Story of the First of the First Defenders: Mark Pflum All Manner of Petty Annoyances: Executing Federal Civil War drafts in Berks County: John M. Lawlor, Jr. Rare Images of Antietam: And the Photographers Who Took Them: Stephen Recker The Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad and the First Defenders: Scott Mingus Lunch will be…

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May 2019

Eastern Woodlands Culture & Storytelling

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

Uncover the culture and life-ways of the people that Europeans found on "Turtle Island," both before and after contact, with Lenni Lenape Elder, Uhma Ruth. 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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June 2019

Blue Marsh & the Pleasant Valley: One Last Look

June 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Take one last look at Blue Marsh Village & Pleasant Valley prior to the construction of the Blue Marsh Dam with a photographic history by author, Paul Miller. 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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September 2019

Faith & Fire

September 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Discover the industrial history of southern Berks with Former BHC Trustee, Evans Goodling, and learn about the men and women who helped to establish Morgantown’s Historic St. Thomas Church, one of Berks County’s earliest churches, and its association with Joanna Furnace. 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…

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November 2019

The Human Side of War: German POW’s at the Reading Airbase

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

Discover the compassionate relationships that developed between German POW’s and a Civilian Contractor during WWII when the Reading Airbase maintained a camp for German prisoners of war, who served as workers at the airbase and on the farms around Berks County. Presented by Keith Heberling and Roger Rank. From September, 1944 to February, 1946, the Reading Airbase maintained a camp for German prisoners of war, who served as workers at the airbase and on the farms around Berks County. Several…

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