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November 2017

World War I & Berks Project & Temporary Exhibit

November 10, 2017 - November 10, 2018
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

  The World War I & Berks project is a year-long commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of World War I that examines Berks County’s contributions to the Great War and the effects the war had on our local community. The World War I & Berks exhibit, located in the Berks History Center’s Palmer Gallery, tells how Reading and Berks County responded to the nation’s call to arms through a remarkable eagerness to serve and unwavering patriotism. The exhibit began with the Gallery Opening Reception…

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August 2018

HJL Book Club – August 15

August 15 @ 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 August we will be discussing: Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, by David Okrent  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.…

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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

Berks County Breweries

September 14 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Discover Berks County’s Hidden Brewery History with a Craft Beer Tasting and presentations at Golden Avalanche, Saucony Creek Brewing Company, Schaylor Brewing Company and Oakbrook Brewing Co. $90 Members/$100 Non-Members Bus departs the Shillington Shopping Center parking lot BEHIND the Driver’s License Center is located at 10 am and will return at 5 pm. Transportation provided by Elite Coach (price does not include bus driver tip). Click here for more information or to register contact Vicky Heffner, Education Curator, at 610.375.4375…

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Oley Valley Barn Tour

September 23 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Discover Hidden Barn Treasures in Historic Oley Valley with barn and house historian Greg Huber. Not only will Greg Huber enlighten us with his wealth of knowledge about barns while traveling throughout the Oley Valley but we will also tour the interior of several of the barns as well. Architectural features, building methods and materials utilized will explain the transition from European building styles over hundreds of year to that of early North American Barns to Ground, Sweitzer and Standard…

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October 2018

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’s tour will explore the architectural treasures of Heidelberg Townships and Charming Forge Village. All proceeds will help support…

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HJL Book Club – October 17

October 17 @ 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: Woodrow Wilson, by H.W. Brands  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 ask that you bring a…

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November 2018

100th Anniversary of Armistice

November 10 - November 11
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

As part of the County-Wide Celebration of the 100 Year Anniversary of Armistice Day, Berks History Center will host a day of programs, marking the finale of BHC's year-long WWI & Berks commemoration project. Schedule of Events 10AM-11:30AM - From the Frontlines: Diary of a WWI Soldier - Part I Open to the Public. Second Saturday Admission. $5 Members, $8 Non-Members, Gold Card Members Free 12:30PM-2:00PM - From the Frontlines: Diary of a WWI Soldier - Part II Open to the…

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From the Frontlines: Diary of a WWI Soldier – Part I

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

Experience the challenges and triumphs of the Great War through the eyes of a WWI soldier with presentation by William Richardson as he reads and interprets his father’s WWI diaries. Presenter William F. Richardson is the son of William Emanuel Richardson, who served in the Great War. Richardson will read and interpret his father's journal entries in a dramatic presentation that demonstrates the realities of the WWI experience. Richardson is a Berks County native and now lives in Golden, CO.…

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From the Frontlines: Diary of a WWI Soldier – Part II

November 10 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Experience the challenges and triumphs of the Great War through the eyes of a WWI soldier with presentation by William Richardson as he reads and interprets his father’s WWI diaries. Presenter William F. Richardson is the son of William Emanuel Richardson, who served in the Great War. Richardson will read and interpret his father's journal entries in a dramatic presentation that demonstrates the realities of the WWI experience. Richardson is a Berks County native and now lives in Golden, CO.…

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