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April 2017

2nd Annual Berks History Conference

April 22, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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 Want to explore this time period further? Spend the day with us for "Cheers to History" an early summer social. Click here for more information.  Off street parking available…

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June 2017

Footprints on the Mountain

June 10, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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 PA Volunteer Infantry, 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 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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September 2017

Floor Plans with Michelle Lynch

September 9, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Explore the architecture and history of Muhlenberg Township properties with Country Living writer Michelle Lynch. Muhlenberg Township is the location of this year's annual 4 Centuries in Berks Historic Property Tour. Get a glimpse of Berks County's Crossroads! $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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CANCELLED – Confederation of Union Generals

September 9, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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This program has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

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October 2017

Conrad Weiser & the Path to Terrorism in Berks County

October 14, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Was Conrad Weiser a friend or foe to the Lenape natives? His is a remarkable story of a talented, energetic and courageous German immigrant serving his community, the Province of Pennsylvania and the Six Nations of the Iroquois -- at the expense of the Lenape -- in the middle of territorial clashes and cultural differences. Explore this compelling question in a presentation by Historian Barry Miller as he examines Weiser’s role in the complex contest for land and the cultural dominance…

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November 2017

Dieffenbach Organ Concert

November 11, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Enjoy the sounds of Berks County's history with a rare Dieffenbach organ concert and presentation by descendent, Adam Dieffenbach. $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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December 2017

Belsnickel at BHC

December 9, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Meet Belsnickel, the mysterious PA German Christmas character, in a lively presentation and performance by Patrick Donmoyer. $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 2018

Posts from the Past: “Instagram of the 19th Century” with Paul Druzba

January 13 @ 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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