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October 2016

Four Centuries in Berks Historic Property Tour

October 1, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

  Advance tickets sales will be available on Friday, September 2, 2016 at the following locations: Berks History Center/Historical Society of Berks County  940 Centre Ave., Reading, 610.375.4375 Esbenshade’s Greenhouse 721 Park Rd., Fleetwood, 610.944.3000 Riverview Nursery 3049 Pricetown Rd., Temple, 610.929.5049 Spayd’s at Green Valley Nursery 4610 Penn Ave., Sinking Spring, 610.678.6711 Weaver’s Orchard 40 Fruit Ln., Morgantown, 610.856.7300 Wyomissing Public Library 9 Reading Blvd., Wyomissing, 610.374.2385 Exeter Community Library 4565 Prestwick Dr., Reading, 610.406.9431 In addition, tickets will be sold the day of the tour…

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The Reading Markets: Celebrating 250 Years

October 8, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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$5.00 – $8.00

Explore downtown Reading’s rich history in farm market commerce with a presentation by historian Irvin Rathman.   *Second Saturday Program $5.00 members, $8.00 non-members Light Refreshments served at 9:30AM   *New hours: Museum 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM Tuesday- Friday; 9:00 AM- 2:00PM Saturdays Library 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM Wednesday- Friday; 8:00 AM- 4:00pm Saturdays   Off street parking available at the Henry Janssen Library, 160 Spring Street, Reading. All programs subject to change.   Berks History Center is sponsored by…

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Celebratory Opening of the New Building Berks Exhibit

October 8, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Introduced by Curator Brad Smith, tour BHC’s brand new exhibit, “Building Berks”, which highlights the rich culture and founding history of Reading and Berks County.

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November 2016

Death from Distant Thunder – Understanding Civil War Artillery and Berks County’s Contributions

November 12, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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$5.00 – $8.00

Although many people share a love and understanding of the Civil War,  few know the secrets of the era's artillery. Civil War & U.S. Artillery historian Mark Pflum will discuss the various types of Artillery used during The War of the Rebellion and he will demonstrate why Berks County was so important to the Long Arm by highlighting local contributions to the war. Mark Pflum is a summa cum laude graduate of Kutztown University, but still can't get a job teaching Social Studies!…

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December 2016

Imprisonment, Trial & Execution of the Lincoln Conspirators

December 10, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Uncover the truth at Berks History Center's Second Saturday Program. Enjoy an educational overview of the conspirators who planned and carried out the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln presented by Mark Grim. Second Saturday Program $5.00 members, $8.00 non-members Light Refreshments served at 9:30AM   Off street parking available at the Henry Janssen Library, 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 2017

Berks County’s European Roots

January 14, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Journey overseas to small Germanic towns to discover the lives and origins of Berks County’s founding immigrants with a presentation and book signing by historiographer Evans Goodling.   $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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February 2017

NYC on 9/11: Memoirs of an FBI Agent

February 11, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Experience Ground Zero on the day of the tragedy from the first-hand experiences of FBI Special Agent and Berks County native Rodney Loose. $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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HJL Book Club – River of Doubt

February 15, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Henry Janssen Library, 160 Spring Street
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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  The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard   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…

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March 2017

Famous Ladies of Berks County

March 11, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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See history come alive with historical reenactments and first-person storytelling of the famous women of Berks County. $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. This event is sponsored by the Berks County Commission for Women. Berks History Center is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission

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April 2017

Rolling Pin Basket Workshop

April 1, 2017 @ 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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