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October 2019

HJL Book Club – October 16

October 16 @ 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 October we will be discussing: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J.D. Vance 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…

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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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Berks History Halloween

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

Join us for a FREE Halloween Trick-or-Treat Open House at the Berks History Center Museum. Trick-or-Treat through the galleries and exhibits, play in the Hands on History Room, and meet historical characters from the past! Spooky or historic costumes are encouraged! Free to the public. 

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November 2019

A Day in Historic Philadelphia

November 1

Party Like It’s 1776 in Historic Philadelphia Travel to Philadelphia’s Independence Square, Carpenters’ Hall, Museum of the American Revolution with lunch at City Tavern. When was the last time you visited Philadelphia’s Independence Square? This history-packed day starts with a guided tour of Independence Hall where we will walk in the shoes of Thomas Jefferson and others as they debated and adopted the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. Our timed entry guarantees that we’ll avoid…

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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 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 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. There will be tour available. Tours scheduled at 12:30pm AND 2:30pm. 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% will support the BHC. Refreshments provided. Please RSVP. Call 610-375-4375.

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The Human Side of War: German POW’s at the Reading Airbase

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

Discover the compassionate relationships that developed between German POW’s and a Civilian Contractor during WWII when the Reading Airbase maintained a camp for German prisoners of war, who served as workers at the airbase and on the farms around Berks County. Presented by Keith Heberling and Roger Rank. From September, 1944 to February, 1946, the Reading Airbase maintained a camp for German prisoners of war, who served as workers at the airbase and on the farms around Berks County. Several…

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December 2019

Christmas in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee

December 2 - December 7

JOIN THE BERKS HISTORY CENTER  FOR AN HISTORIC HOLIDAY IN THE SMOKIES Enjoy six days in Tennessee’s mountain resort city, full of southern culture and country music. The name “Pigeon Forge” comes from an iron forge once located on Little Pigeon River, and the river’s name originates from the flocks of passenger pigeons that once frequented its banks. For centuries, the Cherokee used the valley where Pigeon Forge is located as a hunting ground. Indian Gap Trail brought the first Europeans to the area in the 1700’s with Colonel Samuel Wear becoming its first permanent settler in 1783. Another notable person in Pigeon Forge’s rich history is Dolly Parton, a country music singer and songwriter who has written thousands of songs. Tours the Titanic Museum and Christ in the Smokies Museum & Gardens will also be part of our visit to Tennessee. Another highlight, the Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine Distillery is where we’ll enjoy a tour and tasting along with the beautiful sights of Gatlinburg. This trip is being run with cooperation from White Star Tours. It includes five nights lodging, five breakfasts, three dinners, three Christmas shows and all admissions. Price of the trip does not include bus driver tip. Bus departs the Fecerra’s parking lot, 4701 Penn Avenue (Route 422) in Sinking Spring. $875 Double/$1025 Single Occupancy Click here for more information or to register contact Vicky Heffner, Education Curator, at 610.375.4375 or education@berkshistory.org.

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