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October 2019

Hidden Treasures of the Oley Valley

October 26 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Explore the historic Reiff Farm and the newly renovated Hartman Farm on a special property tour, including a visit to Berks County's oldest tree, the Sacred Oak Rain or shine. A tasting of local Berks County foods will be provided including products from: Appeeling Fruit Berks Products Packing Company Inc. Dieffenbach's Potato Chips  Reppert's Candy  Sunnyside Baker Unique Pretzels Valley Milkhouse Cheese Berks Bakers Collective Hayride will be available, weather permitting. Tickets: $15/person. Children 10 and under free. Advance Purchase Required.…

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CANCELED: Berks History Halloween

October 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

We are sorry to announce that this year's Berks History Halloween Museum Open House and Trick-or-Treat event has been cancelled due to inclement weather. We apologize for the spook-tacular disappointment!  We wish you a Happy Halloween weekend.

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November 2019

Cherokee Comb Basket Workshop

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

Learn to weave a Cherokee-inspired wall-hanging basket using many colored reeds with Education Curator, Vicky Heffner. Materials and instruction included. Registration Required. $45 members/$55 non-members. Call 610-375-4375 to register.

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Stroll Through History

November 2 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Visit the longtime residents of Charles Evans Cemetery who were involved with the Schuylkill Navigation System as well as the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad with historian, Mark Pflum. Pre-Payment Required. $5.00 members, $8.00 non-members. Call 610-375-4375 to register.

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Hike Through History

November 3 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

While this destination lacks a boardwalk, Wildwood is Reading’s little-known history secret! Explore Reading’s Wildwood on a guided hiking tour led by Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club member, Paul Schumann, and Reading historian and BHC Trustee, Corrie Crupi-Zana. Pre-Payment Required. $5.00 members, $8.00 non-members. Call 610-375-4375 to register

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It’s a Gift! Open House

November 7 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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