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September 2018

Working Girls

September 10 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Join us for an exclusive, first-time ever presentation and book signing of Working Girls, a historical, artistic and sociological interpretation of the secret, personal collection of 19th century professional photographer and Reading native, William Goldman. Author Robert Flynn Johnson will detail his research and how he came to unearth the hidden collection of more than 200 vintage photographs that artistically capture a group of women who lived and worked at a brothel Reading, PA. Reception & Book Signing at 5:00PM.  Program begins…

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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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A Stroll Through History

September 15 @ 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Dig up the past with guided walking tours of Charles Evans Cemetery and enjoy history presentations led by Civil War enthusiast, Mark Pflum. Click here for more information. Walking tours run at 12:30PM & 2:30PM. Pre-payment and reservations required. Call 610-375-4375 to register. $5.00 for members of the Berks History Center or the First Defenders Civil War Round Table $8.00 for non-members

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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

Homeschool Day

October 2 @ 10:00 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. Call 610-375-4375. Admission: $10 for parent and student with additional students costing $3.00 per child.

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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 we will explore the architectural treasures of Heidelberg Townships including South Mountain Resort area, Robesonia Furnace Historic District, and Charming…

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Dieffenbach Organ Concert

October 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Enjoy the sounds of Berks County's history with a rare Dieffenbach organ concert and presentation by descendent, Adam Dieffenbach. Performances at 2:00PM & 3:30PM. Free Admission. Please RSVP to reserve your seat. Call 610-375-4375.  

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SOLD OUT! – A Ghost Walk Through History with Charlie Adams

October 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Discover the thrills of local history on a haunted guided walking tour of the Centre Park Historic District. $5 members/$8 non-members. Includes historic house tours. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

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Good Morning Thun, Good Morning Janssen

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

Uncover the extraordinary partnership between two of Berks County’s industrial titans with a presentation and book signing by historian and author, Barry Kauffman.   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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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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