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January 2019

SWEAT at the People’s Light

January 27

  SWEAT returns to the area this winter season at People’s Light in Malvern, PA. It is the Pulitzer Prize Winner for Drama (2017), written by American playwright Lynn Nottage. The play is centered on the working class of Reading and is an incisive examination of deindustrialized America. $85 Members/$95 Non-Members Cost includes coach transportation, admission to the show, and a 30 minute private meet and greet discussion with the cast of SWEAT following the show. The bus will then…

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February 2019

Bloody Spring, Degler Chest, & the Hochstetler Massacres

February 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Learn about the attacks on Berks County settlers during the French and Indian War, including the tragic irony of murder and abduction of Amish, Brethren and Mennonite families along the Blue Mountain, and the prominent role of Conrad Weiser in the conflict. Presented by Barry Miller & Brian Engelhardt. No Tickets Required. All Second Saturday programs are “pay at the door.” $5.00 members, $8.00 non-members. Light Refreshments served at 9:30AM. Off street parking available at 160 Spring Street, Reading. All…

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Sweethearts’ Brewery Tour Along the Schuylkill

February 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Discover Berks County’s hidden brewery history with craft beer tastings and guided brewery tours at Root Down, Crowded Castle, Sly Fox, and Hidden River Brewing Companies. $75 Members/$85 Non-Members Bus departs the Shillington Shopping Center BEHIND the PA Driver’s License Photo Center at 11 am and will return at approximately 5:30 pm. Click here for more information.

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HJL Book Club – February 20

February 20 @ 5:30 pm
Henry Janssen Library, 160 Spring Street
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Join the Club! Read, learn and discuss fascinating historical books with other #berkshistorybuffs. You don’t need to be a member to join the discussion. Please bring a $5 donation and your dinner to enjoy! In October we will be discussing: Bloody Crimes: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Chase for Jefferson Davis, by James L. Swanson  Fee:  $5.00 donation to the Adopt-A-Collection Fund You do not need to be a member of the Berks History Center to join the…

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March 2019

Code Breakers

March 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Discover the story of the American Women of WWII who broke codes, mastered ciphers, and helped to defeat the enemy with Women’s History enthusiast, Hallie Vaughn. No Tickets Required. All Second Saturday programs are “pay at the door.” $5.00 members, $8.00 non-members. Light Refreshments served at 9:30AM. Off street parking available at 160 Spring Street, Reading. All programs subject to change. Berks History Center is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission

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April 2019

THE CROWN at Winterthur

April 2 @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Explore the dramatized history and costume design of Emmy-winning Netlflix series, The Crown, in the “Costuming THE CROWN” exhibit along with a special tour of the House Museum and a narrated tram ride of the gardens at Winterthur. Bus departs the Shillington Shopping Center BEHIND the PA Driver’s License Photo Center at 8:00 am and will return at approximately 5:30 pm. Click here for more information

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Stroll Through History

April 6 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Dig up the past with guided walking tours of Aulenbach’s Cemetery and enjoy history presentations by Civil War enthusiast, Mark Pflum. Two tour times are available: 12:30PM & 2:30PM. Pre-payment and reservations required. Call 610-375-4375 $5.00 members, $8.00 non-members

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4th Annual Berks History Conference

April 13 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Berks County & the Civil War Join us for our 4th annual history gathering featuring 4 informative lectures on Berks County’s Civil War history. Lunch provided. Call 610-375-4375 for brochure & registration. $25 Students/$50 members/$60 non-members

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HJL Book Club – April 17

April 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Henry Janssen Library, 160 Spring Street
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Join the Club! Read, learn and discuss fascinating historical books with other #berkshistorybuffs. You don’t need to be a member to join the discussion. Please bring a $5 donation and your dinner to enjoy! In April we will be discussing: Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams, by Louisa Thomas Fee:  $5.00 donation to the Adopt-A-Collection Fund You do not need to be a member of the Berks History Center to join the discussion. We will provide beverages.  We kindly…

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Cherokee Wheel Basket Workshop

April 27 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Learn to weave a unique, Cherokee-inspired storage basket decorated with colorful reed “wheels” with Education Curator, Vicky Heffner. Materials and instruction included. $45 members/$55 non-members. Call 610-373-4375 to register.

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