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June 2018

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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October 2018

Homeschool Day

October 2 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Learn & play at the BHC museum with special guided tours & hands-on student activities. Reservations Required. Call 610-375-4375. Admission: $10 for parent and student with additional students costing $3.00 per child.

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Four Centuries in Berks Historic Property Tour

October 6 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Berks History Center is proud to celebrate architectural styles intrinsic to the county’s historical and contemporary culture. Join us on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 9AM-4PM for the 4 Centuries in Berks Historic Property Tour. Discover Berks County’s rich historical and cultural heritage first-hand on a self-guided historic property tour, celebrating 4 centuries of architectural history in Berks County. This year we will explore the architectural treasures of Heidelberg Townships including South Mountain Resort area, Robesonia Furnace Historic District, and Charming…

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Dieffenbach Organ Concert

October 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Enjoy the sounds of Berks County's history with a rare Dieffenbach organ concert and presentation by descendent, Adam Dieffenbach. Performances at 2:00PM & 3:30PM. Free Admission. Please RSVP to reserve your seat. Call 610-375-4375.  

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SOLD OUT! – A Ghost Walk Through History with Charlie Adams

October 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Discover the thrills of local history on a haunted guided walking tour of the Centre Park Historic District. $5 members/$8 non-members. Includes historic house tours. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

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