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January 2019

New Members, New Year Holiday Happy Hour

January 10, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Not just for new members! New, rejoining and long-time members are invited to celebrate the season with a members-only cocktail hour and behind the scenes tour of the BHC museum. A free benefit of membership to the BHC. RSVP Required. Call 610-375-4375

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Mouns Jones and The Schuylkill Valley Indian Trade

January 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Investigate the relations between Native Americans and European settlers of William Penn's Province, and the role of Mouns Jones and other licensed Indian Traders in the Manatawny back-country with an illustrated narrative by Berks County Preservation Trust historians, Larry Ward and Brad Kissam. 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…

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Poe’s Birthday in Richmond, VA

January 18, 2019 - January 20, 2019

Celebrate Edgar Allan Poe’s 210th Birthday with a Weekend in Richmond Along with Charlie Adams! In addition to touring the Poe Museum, this trip includes a guided tour of Richmond, the newly renovated American Civil War Museum with Tredegar Iron Works and the White House of the Confederacy and a guided tour of the Virginia Capitol Building designed by Thomas Jefferson, as well as many other interesting sites. $450 Double Occupancy/$525 Single Occupancy Click here for more information. Contact Vicky Heffner,…

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SWEAT at the People’s Light

January 27, 2019

  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. Bus departs the Shillington Shopping Center BEHIND the PA Driver’s License Photo Center at 12 noon and will return at approximately 8:30 pm. Contact Vicky Heffner at 610.375.4375 or education@berkshistory.org for more…

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February 2019

Bloody Spring, Degler Chest, & the Hochstetler Massacres

February 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

A House Afire Burning house afire, 1873 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…

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HJL Book Club – February 20

February 20, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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

Stroll Through History

April 6, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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Cherokee Wheel Basket Workshop

April 27, 2019 @ 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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