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November 2017

Giving Tuesday Open House

November 28, 2017
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Visitors are invited to enjoy free tours of the museum, children's activities, a new museum scavenger hunt and, #UNselfies with the faces of Berks County's history. The #GivingTuesday museum open house runs from 2PM-7PM or participate all day on social media or by donating online. Click here for more information.

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December 2017

Free Gallery Reception & Holiday Open House

December 10, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Join us at the Berks History Center from 11AM-5PM for a special gallery exhibit of “Ojos: Reading through the Eyes of Youth." The free reception & holiday open house is being held in conjunction with the Centre Park Historic District’s 33rd Annual Christmas House Tour. To take the Holiday House Tour you must purchase tickets from the Centre Park Historic District. Visit http://centreparkhistoricdistrict.org/ for tickets.  However, you won’t have to go on the tour to visit the Berks History Center Museum free of…

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March 2018

Easter Basket Workshop

March 3 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Start a new Easter tradition! Learn to weave a basket that can be used during the holiday season for years to come. Instruction and materials included. $45.00 members/$55 non-members Registration Required. To register send payment to Vicky Heffner, Education Curator, at 940 Centre Ave. Reading, PA 19601 or call 610-375-4375.

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April 2018

Berks Brewery and Breweriana Fest

April 14 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

  Immerse yourself in Berks County’s legendary beer brewing history with a presentation led by Breweriana Aficionado, Chad Campbell, followed by a breweriana collector’s display. Beer tasting hosted by Oakbrook Brewing Company. Food available for purchase. Commemorative beer tasting cup included in ticket cost. Tickets Required. $12.00 Members, $15.00 Non-Members.   Members please call 610-375-4375. ONLINE TICKETS FOR NON-MEMBERS ONLY! If you are a member of the Berks History Center DO NOT REGISTER ONLINE. If you are member and would like…

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3rd Annual Berks History Conference

April 21 @ 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Berks County’s Foodways Join us for our 3rd annual gathering of history enthusiasts featuring informative lectures on Berks County history by academics and historians. The 2018 Conference will explore the Foodways of Berks County. Conference Topics Include: Cooking in Old Berks: Alan G. Keyser Reviving Local Spirits: Whiskey Distilling in Berks County: Bradley K. Smith The Berks County Radish & Other Tales: Dr. Irwin Richman Threatened with Want in the Midst of Plenty: Dr. Clarissa F. Dillon Lunch will be provided. RSVP by April 17th. To learn more click here for a brochure.

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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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