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November 2018

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

November 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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 presentation by William Richardson as he reads and interprets his father’s WWI diaries. Presenter William F. Richardson is the son…

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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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1918 Time Capsule Opening Ceremony

November 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

100 year old Berks County treasures will be revealed in a special time capsule opening ceremony. Free to public.

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Reading Choral Society’s WWI & Berks Concert

November 10, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Step back in time and enjoy music that was popular in 1918 during the era of the Great War. The concert will pay homage to Reading’s Liberty Chorus, which was founded in 1918, and will feature music that was popular during the era of the Great War. Tickets for Reading Choral Society’s World War I & Berks Concert are $5.00 for member and veterans and $8.00 for non-members. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call 610-375-4375 to purchase tickets.

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December 2018

Museum Open House & Holiday Boutique

December 9, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

#ShopLocal at the Museum Open House & Holiday Boutique from 11AM-5PM. Vendors include an exclusive selection of local artisans and craftspeople: Judy's Pressed Flowers Macungie Mountain Herb Farm Inspiration Beads Simply Crafts & Candy ZM Woodworking FiddlyDigits Not your grandmother's tea towels Susie's Crafts Made for you by Stephanie Mountain Spinning & Knitting Nelly's Artistic Creations Busy Bee Wreath Designs Faye & Co The BHC Museum will be open for self-guided tours. Also, the BHC Museum Store is full of one…

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January 2019

New Members, New Year Holiday Happy Hour

January 10 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Not just for new members! New, rejoining and long-time members are invited to celebrate the season with a members-only cocktail hour and behind the scenes tour of the BHC museum. A free benefit of membership to the BHC. RSVP Required. Call 610-375-4375

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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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Cherokee Wheel Basket Workshop

April 27 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Learn to weave a unique, Cherokee-inspired storage basket decorated with colorful reed “wheels” with Education Curator, Vicky Heffner. Materials and instruction included. $45 members/$55 non-members. Call 610-373-4375 to register.

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Stroll Through History

April 27 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Dig up the past with guided walking tours of Aulenbach’s Cemetery and enjoy history presentations by Civil War enthusiast, Mark Pflum. Two tour times are available: 12:30PM & 2:30PM. Pre-payment and reservations required. Call 610-375-4375 $5.00 members, $8.00 non-members

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May 2019

Hike Through History

May 5 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Discover the secrets of Rose Creek Valley with a guided hiking tour led by Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club member, Paul Schumann, and Reading historians, Corrie Crupi and Paul Druzba. Visit Mineral Spring Park, Pendora, Engleman's and more! Pre-payment and reservations required. Call 610-375-4375. $5.00 members, $8.00 non-members

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