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May 2020

Homeschool Day

May 7 @ 11:00 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. Tour begins at 11am. Call 610-375-4375. Admission: $10 for parent and student with additional students costing $3.00 per child. Call Education Curator, Vicky Heffner to reserve your space. Call 610-375-4375

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Pennsylvania Iron Masters During the Revolution

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

At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, Pennsylvania’s ironworks produced a large percentage of Colonial America’s iron.  The battles of Lexington and Concord were fought in the summer of 1775, and shortly thereafter Pennsylvania began to take measures for the defense of the state.  The first line of defense was directed toward arming merchant ships already afloat, with cannon.  While the proposal was good in theory, there were no cannon with which to arm them.  The solution was provided by Pennsylvania’s ironmasters.  Within a…

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Pilgrimage to Seneca Falls – Berks Suffrage Centennial 2020

May 15 - May 17

   Travel to the Finger Lakes to tour the Women’s Rights Museum NPS in Seneca Falls where the fight to gain the right to vote began and tour the homes of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Harriet Tubman. The Berks History Center along with the Berks Women’s History Alliance invites you to celebrate the decades-long journey of women demanding and working for the right to vote in a celebratory weekend trip to Seneca Falls, NY. Travel to Harriet Tubman’s home in…

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PA German Tour with Lisa Minardi

May 29 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

   Explore PA German folk art at Trappe’s new Center for PA German Studies and enjoy tours of the Henry Muhlenburg House, Dewees Tavern, Speaker’s House, and Daniel Hiester House. Includes lunch at Grace’s Café. Join us for a day-long immersion in Pennsylvania German art and culture, beginning with a behind-the-scenes tour of the new Center for Pennsylvania German Studies in Trappe. Located in the historic Dewees Tavern, the Center has five exhibition galleries along with a fraktur/textiles study, research…

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June 2020

Berks County Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annual Reception

June 12 @ 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 our annual meet & greet reception. Enjoy refreshments, entertainment and the Official 2020 Induction Ceremony. $5 General Admission

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Three Cheers and a Ringgold Tiger!  The First of the First Defenders

June 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Discover the stories behind the Ringgold Light Artillery before they became the preeminent light artillery company in Eastern Pennsylvania, with Civil War historian, Mark Pflum. 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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Junior Historian Camp

June 16 @ 10:00 am - June 18 @ 3:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Step back in time with hands-on learning and fun at the BHC museum. $50 Campers/$35 1776 Club Members

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HJL Book Club – June 17

June 17 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 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! June's book is TBA. 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 brown bag dinner. Click here for more information…

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Get Looney in Altooney with Charlie Adams

June 20

  Come and experience the Railroader’s Memorial Museum and Horseshoe Curve in Altoona and learn more about the PA Railroad in its glory days. Stop at the Penn State Creamery on the way home. Lunch included. Bus departs the Shillington Shopping Center parking lot BEHIND the PA Driver’s License Photo Center at 7:33 am and will return at approximately 8:01 pm. $125 Members/$135 Non-Members 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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BHC Annual Meeting & Potluck Dinner

June 25 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Members Only. Please join us for BHC’s annual meeting and progress report followed by a potluck dinner. Please RSVP. Call 610-375-4375.

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