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May 2017

Cheers to History: Summer Social with Reading Occasional Cocktail Club

May 13, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Relive Reading’s high society heyday with an exclusive Summer Social hosted by Reading Occasional Cocktail Club. This event will begin at 10am with an hour-long historical presentation titled Ruling the Roost: Readings Social Heyday. Explore Reading’s forgotten social scene, including Mt. Penn’s Gravity Railroad Wine Trail, the legendary “Big Bearded Santa Claus of the Hills”, and his infamous Kuechler’s Roost, in a presentation by freelance food & drink writer, Mike Madaio. Can't make it to the Summer Social event?! Don't…

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June 2017

Berks Country Fest Storyteller Travis Wetzel: The History & Importance of Fiddle Tunes During the American Civil War Era

June 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Mad Fiddler, Travis Wetzel, will be coming from his home near Nashville to present a fascinating, one-man musical history show called The History and Importance of Fiddle Tunes During the American Civil War Era. During the American Civil War era, music of all kinds played an important role to calm nerves, motivate, embolden and rally troops and entertain civilians who were coping with the reality of the terrible conflict.  Each side had its favorite songs and music, and folk…

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Berks County Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Gallery Reception

June 13, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Celebrate the newest members of the Berks County Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with friends, family, and refreshments. Only at the Berks County Rock & Roll Hall of Fame exhibit at the Berks History Center! Part of Berks History Center's Take It Back Tuesdays, held every Tuesday evening in the month of June! The 2017 Inductees will be annouced at 6:30PM! The Official 2017 Induction Ceremony will be held at Magical History Tour Part 5, the flagship event of…

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Carsonia Park with Paul Druzba

June 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Discover Carsonia Park with Paul Druzba! Mr. Druzba will share the fascinating history behind this long gone Berks County treasure with a presentation, book signing and carnivale themed cultural event. Celebrate Berks County's unique culture on Take It Back Tuesdays, every Tuesday evening in June! Refreshments Provided. Admission: $5.00

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Storytime & Crafts with Kay Haring

June 22, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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  Fun for the whole family with Berks County native Kay Haring. Join us for a reading of “Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing” followed by arts & crafts with the author. This event is free, however reservations are required. Please call 610-375-4375. All ages welcome.

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Annual Members Meeting & Potluck Dinner

June 22, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Please join us for Berks History Center's 2017 Annual Membership Meeting & Potluck Dinner. Get the latest report on Berks History Center's progress and give us your feedback. Membership Matters! As a member of the Berks History Center your input is crucial to the success of our mission to preserve, educate & inspire. Following the meeting we will enjoy a potluck dinner and fellowship with members, trustees, and staff.  Please join us and bring a dish to share. Members Only. RSVP…

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July 2017

Animal Rescue League’s 65th Anniversary Celebration

July 7, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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  Join us for an evening reception celebrating the founding of the Animal Rescue League of Berks County featuring Guest Speaker Ruth Schaffer and Berks History Center’s Museum Collection including items belonging to ARL’s founder, Mary Archer. Refreshments provided. Free Admission. Registration Required. Click here to register. 

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Berks County’s 4th of July with the Vanderslice Family

July 8, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Celebrate our Nation’s Independence as it occurred in downtown Reading in 1176 with a reenactment of the ringing of the actual courthouse bell by the decedents of Henry Vanderslice. On July 8, 1776, Reading Sheriff Henry Vanderslice rang the Berks County Court House bell at high noon, calling the people of Reading together to hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence. This was the first announcement to the people of Berks County that the American colonies were separate and independent…

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