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May 2016

Berks History Center and Henry Janssen Library Closed

May 29, 2016
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Happy Memorial Day! The museum will reopen on Tuesday, May 31 2016. The library will reopen on Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

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June 2016

History of Fire Fighting in Reading and Berks County

June 11, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Former Reading fire chief, Bill Rehr, will narrate the history and evolution of fire departments since the community’s founding in 1748 through the beginning of the 21st century.   *Second Saturday Program $5.00 members, $8.00 non-members *Off street parking available at the Henry Janssen Library *All programs subject to change.   *New hours: Museum 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM Tuesday- Friday; 9:00 AM- 3:00PM Saturdays Library 8:00 Am- 5:00 PM Wednesday- Friday; 8:00 AM- 4:00pm Saturdays   Berks History Center is…

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July 2016

Berks History Center & Henry Janssen Library Closed

July 2, 2016
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Happy Independence Day! The Museum will reopen on Tuesday July 5, 2016. The Library will reopen on Wednesday July 6, 2016.

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August 2016

Magical History Tour – Part 4: The Rock and Roll Circus Continues, Greatest Show on Earth!

August 20, 2016 @ 2:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Evergreen Club, 415 Hartz Road
Fleetwood, 19522
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  Step right up! Join us for a rockin’ good time at the Magical History Tour: A Musical and Cultural Happening.  This is THE event of the season! Berks History Center presents CHAPTER FOUR of our local Berks County ‘Woodstock-like’ music festival. Reading and Berks are known for their great musicians and the venues where they played back in the day, such as the Hamburg Field House, St. Lawrence Stadium, the Bandshell, and even Boscov’s East’s parking lot! Reunions of local bands will…

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Step Basket Weaving Workshop

August 27, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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$45.00 – $55.00

Learn to weave a step basket; handy on any set of stairs. Includes instructions and materials. $45.00 members/$55.00 non-members Contact Education Curator Vicky Heffner at 610-375-4375 to register.

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September 2016

Celebrate the 275th Anniversary of Exeter Township

September 10, 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

Learn more about BHC’s 4 Centuries in Berks Historic Property Tour feature location with a panel discussion by Exeter historians: Charlie J. Adams, III, Jim Lewars, David Dunn, and Brad Kissam. *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…

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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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