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April 2018

A Hike Through History

April 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Explore the historical treasures of Mt. Penn with a guided hiking tour led by Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club adventurist Paul Schumann and Pagoda-Skyline historian Corrie Crupi. Reservations and hiking experience required. Call 610-375-4375 for reservations and more information. ***Hike begins at the William Penn Fire Tower. Meet at 12:45PM, the hike will begin promptly at 1PM.

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May 2018

Homeschool Day at the Museum

May 1 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Discover your Berks history at the Berks History Center Museum with special guided tours & student activities. Cost: $10 per combined parent and student with additional children costing $3.00/child. Cost includes a guided tour (given on the hour) and hands-on activities. Reservations are required. Enjoy a basket weaving activity (includes instructions and materials) and take home your own handmade basket for an additional $5 per person. Children 3 and under free. For more information & reservations call 610-375-4375

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June 2018

Mission Impossible: Completing the Collections Management Initiative

June 2 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us for an exclusive, members-only presentation by Curator, Bradley K. Smith. Discover the challenges and successes of recovering 300+ years of Berks County history through Berks History Center's Award Winning Collections Management Initiative.  June 02, 2017   I   10AM-2PM Light Refreshments served at 9:30AM. Program begins at 10:00 AM. Open house and behind the scenes tours begin at 11:00AM. RSVP Required. Please email elise@berkshistory.org or call 610-375-4375 to reserve your seat   Members Only : Free Admission This…

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Berks Country Fest Storytellers

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

      The 2018 installment of Berks Country Fest's popular Storyteller Series continues with “The Waters of Glacier”, a brand new multimedia show of music and film, never before presented to the public, written by Jill Haley when she lived in Glacier National Park, Montana. The music is written for oboe, English horn, piano, and guitar, and she will be accompanied by David Cullen and Sue McDevitt. Throughout the session Jill will share the story of how her inspirations in…

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Berks County Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Gallery Reception

June 13 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Celebrate the newest members of the Berks County Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with friends, family, and refreshments. The Berks County Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (BCRRHOF) is a permanent exhibit at the Berks History Center (BHC) that commemorates Berks County’s legendary contemporary music scene. Join us as we celebrate the musical talents and history that make Berks County’s cultural heritage so unique. During the reception participants will enjoy light refreshments, musical entertainment, and a casual meet &…

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YMCA’s 160th Anniversary Celebration 

June 20 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Look back on 160 years with the YMCA in a special presentation and anniversary reception.   Reservations Required. Space is Limited. Call Kris Danner at 610-378-4717

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Junior Historian Camp

June 26 @ 10:00 am - June 28 @ 3:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Junior Historian Camp is an opportunity for children ages 7-17 to enrich their summer with fun, hands-on learning at the Berks History Center. Explore olde tyme activities such as Victrola music, traditional crafts and, for the first time this year, Victory Gardening! Dig even further into the past with a visit to BHC’s Research Library to uncover how archivists do genealogical research. Junior Historians will also have full access to BHC’s museum exhibits including the Hands On History Room, an interactive children’s exhibit…

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August 2018

Magical History Tour: Part 6

August 18 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Evergreen Club, 415 Hartz Road
Fleetwood, 19522

   Join us for a rockin’ good time at the Magical History Tour.  This is THE event of the season! Berks History Center presents CHAPTER SIX 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 include Hot Ice, Clench, and Number Nine.  We strive to…

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September 2018

Working Girls

September 10 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Join us for an exclusive, first-time ever presentation and book signing of Working Girls, a historical, artistic and sociological interpretation of the secret, personal collection of 19th century professional photographer and Reading native, William Goldman. Author Robert Flynn Johnson will detail his research and how he came to unearth the hidden collection of more than 200 vintage photographs that artistically capture a group of women who lived and worked at a brothel Reading, PA. Reception & Book Signing at 5:00PM.  Program begins…

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A Stroll Through History

September 15 @ 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Dig up the past with guided walking tours of Charles Evans Cemetery and enjoy history presentations led by Civil War enthusiast, Mark Pflum. Click here for more information. Walking tours run at 12:30PM & 2:30PM. Pre-payment and reservations required. Call 610-375-4375 to register. $5.00 for members of the Berks History Center or the First Defenders Civil War Round Table $8.00 for non-members

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