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February 2019

Bloody Spring, Degler Chest, & the Hochstetler Massacres

February 9, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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December 2019

From the Historical Society to the BHC: 150 Year of Berks History

December 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Learn about the history of the Berks History Center from its fledgling founding in 1869 as the Historical Society of Berks County to present day. Presented by BHC Trustee, Barry Kauffman. Free admission as a special thank you to all of our supporters over the years. 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 2020

1728: The Year of Fear From Oley to the Tulpehocken

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

Learn how the peaceful relations between William Penn and the Native People were threatened by an armed skirmish between settlers and the “strange Indians” near the Manatawny Creek, the killing of three peaceful Lenape in the Cacossing area, and Sassoonan’s protest against the Tulpehocken Settlement. Presented by Barry Miller. Snow Date: January 18 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…

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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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