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November 2019

It’s a Gift! Open House

November 7, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
It’s A Gift!, 720 Penn Ave
West Reading, PA

Shop local , save, and support the Berks History Center’s 150th Anniversary during a casual open house at It’s a Gift! Shoppers will receive 20% off their total purchase AND...20% of all purchases will support the Berks History Center. Enjoy refreshments while you shop. Please RSVP. Call 610-375-4375.

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Reading Red: A Wine Tasting & History Program

November 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Winemaking in Reading goes back almost to the earliest days of European settlement in the area, beginning in the early 1800s. These wines, first known as "Reading Red," and later associated with the slopes of our nearby mountains, were highly regarded at the time. The Philadelphia Times once wrote, for example, that "some of the best native wine in this country is made from grapes grown right on the side of Mount Penn, within fifty miles of Philadelphia." To celebrate…

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Christmas on Penn Street

November 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Take a nostalgic holiday walk down Penn Street with Berks History Center Trustee and Volunteer, Richard Polityka. Enjoy the images of “Old Reading” and remember Penn Street as it was during Christmas years ago with a photographic presentation of Reading’s downtown history. Richard Polityka is a Reading native and a longtime member and volunteer of the Berks History Center. He now serves on the BHC board and acts as a volunteer Outreach Educator. No Tickets Required. "Pay at the door”…

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December 2019

Museum Open House & Holiday Boutique

December 8, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Shop for hand-crafted holiday gifts and tour the museum during a special open house at the Berks History Center. This event is being held in conjunction with the 35th Annual Christmas House Tour in Centre Park. Visit centreparkhistoricdistrict.org for house tour information. Tickets are not required to visit the museum and holiday boutique. Admission is free to the general public.  Boutique vendors include: Handcrafted Frakturs & Calligraphy by Randy & Rebecca Snader Handcarved Wooden Pens & Pencils by Kirk Funk Handmade Stained Glass Ornaments…

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Incorporation Day: BHC’s Birthday Bash

December 13, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Commemorate the BHC’s incorporation date with a good old fashioned birthday party for longtime friends and supporters of the BHC. Free Open House Event. Enjoy Refreshments, Proclamations & a Casual Happy Hour with Friends & Supporters of the Berks History Center. 940 Centre Ave. Reading, PA 19601 Please RSVP by December 4th Call 610-375-4375 or email elise@berkshistory.org  

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The Place I Call Home

December 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Explore the rustic scenery, culture and folkloric traditions of Albany Township and Berks through an artistic and musical journey presented by artist, Jon Bon and musician/producer, Dave Kline. Come and enjoy another of Dave Kline's highly-popular Storyteller Session evenings at Berks History Center on December 19, 7 to 8:30 pm.  This show is entitled “The Place I Call Home”.   Kempton artist Jon Bond and musician/producer Dave Kline will present “The Place I Call Home,” a collaboration featuring original works of art and…

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February 2020

German Star Workshop

February 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Join the Vardjans of PA Folk Art Papers and learn how to make this traditional PA Dutch craft. Cost includes materials and instruction. $20 Members/$25 Non-Members Call Education Curator, Vicky Heffner at 610-375-4375 to register. 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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March 2020

CANCELED: Votes for Women: Berks Suffrage 2020 Centennial Kick-Off Event

March 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

To ensure the health and safety of our community, this program has been canceled. We are making arrangement to film the performance of “System Shakers and Barrier Breakers: The Suffragists” to air online at a later date. Kick off the Berks Suffrage 2020 Centennial with women’s historian, Hallie Vaughan, who will portray the influential suffragist, Alice Paul and share the history of the women’s suffrage movement. Following the program, enjoy a theatrical performance of “System Shakers and Barrier Breakers: The Suffragists,” written…

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CANCELED: The Justice Bell Story & the Pennsylvania Women’s Suffrage Movement

March 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

This event has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. In 1915, the Justice Bell travelled on a flatbed truck to all 67 counties in the state of Pennsylvania with its clapper stabilized, not to ring until women were given the right to vote. This year, on the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the Justice Bell will ring loudly when it is at the Berks History Center. Discover the untold story of how a bronze bell became a celebrated…

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April 2020

CANCELED: Binsa Graw Egg Workshop

April 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

This workshop has been canceled. The binsa graws needed for this craft is only available in the spring, therefore this workshop will be rescheduled in the spring 2021. If you are registered for this event, Education Curator, Vicky Heffner will be in touch with you. She can also be reached at education@berkshistory.org. Learn how PA Germans once used the “pith” of binsa graws (meadow rush) to decorate eggs at Easter time. Includes instruction and materials. $20 Members/$25 Non-Members. Registration Required.…

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