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November 2018

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

November 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

William Emanuel Richardson, front row far left, without a hat. He's with the 313 Machine Gun Battalion, shipboard on the Mercury, on his way to France in 1918. The officer sitting next to him, Lt. Parsons was killed in the Meuse Argonne fighting. 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…

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

November 10, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

William Emanuel Richardson, front row far left, without a hat. He's with the 313 Machine Gun Battalion, shipboard on the Mercury, on his way to France in 1918. The officer sitting next to him, Lt. Parsons was killed in the Meuse Argonne fighting. Experience the challenges and triumphs of the Great War through the eyes of a WWI soldier with 2nd presentation by William Richardson as he reads and interprets his father’s WWI diaries. This is not a repeat presentation…

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1918 Time Capsule Opening Ceremony

November 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

100 year old Berks County treasures will be revealed in a special time capsule opening ceremony. Free to public.

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Reading Choral Society’s WWI & Berks Concert

November 10, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Step back in time and enjoy music that was popular in 1918 during the era of the Great War. The concert will pay homage to Reading’s Liberty Chorus, which was founded in 1918, and will feature music that was popular during the era of the Great War. Tickets for Reading Choral Society’s World War I & Berks Concert are $5.00 for member and veterans and $8.00 for non-members. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call 610-375-4375 to purchase tickets.

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December 2018

Christmas at the Biltmore House

December 3, 2018 - December 8, 2018

Celebrate Christmas in North Carolina at the Biltmore House featuring a candlelight Christmas tour. $900 Double Occupancy/$1100 Single Occupancy Click here for more information. Contact Vicky Heffner, Education Curator, at 610.375.4375 or education@berkshistory.org.  

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The Reading Main Line

December 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Explore Berks County’s famous railroading history with local railroad historian, Benjamin Bernhart, including nostalgic scenes from the holiday season. 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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Museum Open House & Holiday Boutique

December 9, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

#ShopLocal at the Museum Open House & Holiday Boutique from 11AM-5PM. Vendors include an exclusive selection of local artisans and craftspeople: Judy's Pressed Flowers Macungie Mountain Herb Farm Inspiration Beads Simply Crafts & Candy ZM Woodworking FiddlyDigits Not your grandmother's tea towels Susie's Crafts Made for you by Stephanie Mountain Spinning & Knitting Nelly's Artistic Creations Busy Bee Wreath Designs Faye & Co The BHC Museum will be open for self-guided tours. Also, the BHC Museum Store is full of one…

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Holiday House Tour of Historic Homes of Suburban Philadelphia Tour

December 13, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 5:30 pm

Celebrate the season with a romantic holiday tour of Suburban Philadelphia’s historic mansions and estates including Andalusia, Graeme Park, Historic Hope Lodge, and a lunch buffet at the historic King George II Inn, America’s oldest operating inn established in 1681. $110 members/ $120 non-members Bus departs the Shillington Shopping Center parking lot BEHIND the Driver’s License Center is located at 7 am and will return at 5 pm. Transportation provided by Elite Coach (price does not include bus driver tip).…

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January 2019

New Members, New Year Holiday Happy Hour

January 10 @ 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 @ 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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