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December 2018

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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SWEAT at the People’s Light

January 27

  SWEAT returns to the area this winter season at People’s Light in Malvern, PA. It is the Pulitzer Prize Winner for Drama (2017), written by American playwright Lynn Nottage. The play is centered on the working class of Reading and is an incisive examination of deindustrialized America. $85 Members/$95 Non-Members Cost includes coach transportation, admission to the show, and a 30 minute private meet and greet discussion with the cast of SWEAT following the show. The bus will then…

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February 2019

Bloody Spring, Degler Chest, & the Hochstetler Massacres

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

Learn about the attacks on Berks County settlers during the French and Indian War, including the tragic irony of murder and abduction of Amish, Brethren and Mennonite families along the Blue Mountain, and the prominent role of Conrad Weiser in the conflict. Presented by Barry Miller & Brian Engelhardt. 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…

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Sweethearts’ Brewery Tour Along the Schuylkill

February 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Discover Berks County’s hidden brewery history with craft beer tastings and guided brewery tours at Root Down, Crowded Castle, Sly Fox, and Hidden River Brewing Companies. Join us as we celebrate love of beer with friends and family! $75 Members/$85 Non-Members Bus departs the Shillington Shopping Center BEHIND the PA Driver’s License Photo Center at 11 am and will return at approximately 5:30 pm. Click here for more information. Contact Vicky Heffner at 610.375.4375 or education@berkshistory.org to register.

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HJL Book Club – February 20

February 20 @ 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 February we will be discussing: Bloody Crimes: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Chase for Jefferson Davis, by James L. Swanson  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…

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March 2019

Code Breakers

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

Discover the story of the American Women of WWII who broke codes, mastered ciphers, and helped to defeat the enemy with Women’s History enthusiast, Hallie Vaughn. 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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