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December 2017

Holiday House Tour of Historic Homes in Delaware

December 13, 2017

Celebrate the holiday season by visiting several historic homes in Delaware decorated for Christmas! Welcome to the tranquil village of Odessa, although in colonial times it was a busy grain shipping port. Tour beautifully restored 18th and 19th century homes with outstanding examples of household furnishings made by prominent Delaware cabinet makers. The Historic Odessa Foundation’s collection of regional paintings, prints, textiles, silver and pewter is steeped in Delaware history and rich in the finest samples of mid-Atlantic craftsmanship. For…

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January 2018

Posts from the Past: “Instagram of the 19th Century” with Paul Druzba

January 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Join local historian Paul Druzba for a look at how postcards have evolved since first being introduced in the late 19th century including nostalgic scenes of early Berks County. $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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Poe Cottage & Historic Yonkers with Charlie Adams

January 19

Celebrate Edgar Allan Poe 209th birthday with Charlie Adam and a visit to his home in NYC! Poe’s Cottage was where Edgar lived the last years of his life, from 1846 to 1849. This small wooden farmhouse, built in 1812, once commanded unobstructed vistas over the rolling Bronx hills to the shores of Long Island. This bucolic setting is where the great writer penned many of his most poetic works, including “Annabel Lee” and “The Bells.” On November 28, 1776,…

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February 2018

The Ground Swallowed Them Up

February 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Graphic: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division, The New York Public Library. "The Road to Liberty. A station on the Underground Railroad. Explore the secretive Underground Railroad in the Susquehanna River region with a presentation by local historian and author Scott Mingus, Sr. 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…

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HJL Book Club – February 2018

February 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Henry Janssen Library, 160 Spring Street
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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  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 February we will be discussing: Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr, by Nancy Isenberg   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…

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March 2018

Easter Basket Workshop

March 3 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Start a new Easter tradition! Learn to weave a basket that can be used during the holiday season for years to come. Instruction and materials included. $45.00 members/$55 non-members Registration Required. To register send payment to Vicky Heffner, Education Curator, at 940 Centre Ave. Reading, PA 19601 or call 610-375-4375.

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Hello Girls: America’s 1st Female Soldiers

March 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Discover the controversy behind the army’s forgotten WWI servicewomen with Women’s History enthusiast Hallie Vaughan.  Sponsored by the Berks County Commission for Women. 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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April 2018

Berks Brewery and Breweriana Fest

April 14 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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  Immerse yourself in Berks County’s legendary beer brewing history with a presentation led by Breweriana Aficionado, Chad Campbell, followed by a breweriana collector’s display. Beer tasting hosted by Oakbrook Brewing Company. Food available for purchase. Commemorative beer tasting cup included in ticket cost. Tickets Required. $12.00 Members, $15.00 Non-Members.   Members please call 610-375-4375. ONLINE TICKETS FOR NON-MEMBERS ONLY! If you are a member of the Berks History Center DO NOT REGISTER ONLINE. If you are member and would like…

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HJL Book Club – April 2018

April 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Henry Janssen Library, 160 Spring Street
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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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 April we will be discussing: Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly 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…

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3rd Annual Berks History Conference

April 21 @ 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Berks County’s Foodways Join us for our 3rd annual gathering of history enthusiasts featuring informative lectures on Berks County history by academics and historians. The 2018 Conference will explore the Foodways of Berks County. Conference Topics Include: Cooking in Old Berks: Alan G. Keyser Reviving Local Spirits: Whiskey Distilling in Berks County: Bradley K. Smith The Berks County Radish & Other Tales: Dr. Irwin Richman Threatened with Want in the Midst of Plenty: Dr. Clarissa F. Dillon Lunch will be provided. RSVP by April 17th. To learn more click here for a brochure.

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