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December 2019

From the Historical Society to the BHC: 150 Year of Berks History

December 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Learn about the history of the Berks History Center from its fledgling founding in 1869 as the Historical Society of Berks County to present day. Presented by BHC Trustee, Barry Kauffman. Free admission as a special thank you to all of our supporters over the years. 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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The Place I Call Home

December 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Explore the rustic scenery, culture and folkloric traditions of Albany Township and Berks through an artistic and musical journey presented by artist, Jon Bon and musician/producer, Dave Kline. Come and enjoy another of Dave Kline's highly-popular Storyteller Session evenings at Berks History Center on December 19, 7 to 8:30 pm.  This show is entitled “The Place I Call Home”.   Kempton artist Jon Bond and musician/producer Dave Kline will present “The Place I Call Home,” a collaboration featuring original works of art and…

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Off to the Races!

December 20, 2019

Celebrate the Holidays with Historic Tours Full of Cheer with One Mansion, One Stable Museum & One Horse Race Track. Belair Mansion offers a look at Maryland’s earliest history. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was built in 1745 for Provincial Governor Samuel Ogle and his wife Anne. Ogle, along with his brother-in-law, Colonel Benjamin Tasker, imported a number of Thoroughbred horses in the hopes of introducing English stock to the colonies to strengthen local race horses.…

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January 2020

1728: The Year of Fear From Oley to the Tulpehocken

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

Learn how the peaceful relations between William Penn and the Native People were threatened by an armed skirmish between settlers and the “strange Indians” near the Manatawny Creek, the killing of three peaceful Lenape in the Cacossing area, and Sassoonan’s protest against the Tulpehocken Settlement. Presented by Barry Miller. Snow Date: January 18 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…

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Movies & Memories in Queens & Corona with Charlie Adams

January 25

Get nostalgic at the Museum of the Moving Image at the former Paramount Studios and visit the site of the 1939-40 and 1964-65 World’s Fair, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Enjoy lunch on your own in historic Astoria. Price of the trip does not include bus driver tip. Elite Coach is our transportation provider. Bus departs the Shilling Shopping Center parking lot BEHIND the PA Driver’s License Photo Center at 7:00 am and will return at approximately 8:00 pm. $100 members/$110…

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February 2020

Freedom-Seekers Turned Freedom-Fighters

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

Join journalist and author, Jim Remsen as he chronicles the experiences of a group of fugitive slaves who escaped southern bondage, dared to openly build new lives in Pennsylvania, and later returned south to fight for the Union. Journalist and author Jim Remsen will present an illustrated history talk, “Freedom-Seekers Turned Freedom-Fighters,” which chronicles the experiences of a group of fugitive slaves who escaped southern bondage and dared to openly build new lives in the North. Once the Civil War…

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German Star Workshop

February 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Join the Vardjans of PA Folk Art Papers and learn how to make this traditional PA Dutch craft. Cost includes materials and instruction. $20 Members/$25 Non-Members Call Education Curator, Vicky Heffner at 610-375-4375 to register. 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 – February 19

February 19 @ 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! In February we will be discussing: Grant, by Ron Chernow 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…

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March 2020

CANCELED: Votes for Women: Berks Suffrage 2020 Centennial Kick-Off Event

March 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

To ensure the health and safety of our community, this program has been canceled. We are making arrangement to film the performance of “System Shakers and Barrier Breakers: The Suffragists” to air online at a later date. Kick off the Berks Suffrage 2020 Centennial with women’s historian, Hallie Vaughan, who will portray the influential suffragist, Alice Paul and share the history of the women’s suffrage movement. Following the program, enjoy a theatrical performance of “System Shakers and Barrier Breakers: The Suffragists,” written…

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CANCELED: The Justice Bell Story & the Pennsylvania Women’s Suffrage Movement

March 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

This event has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. In 1915, the Justice Bell travelled on a flatbed truck to all 67 counties in the state of Pennsylvania with its clapper stabilized, not to ring until women were given the right to vote. This year, on the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the Justice Bell will ring loudly when it is at the Berks History Center. Discover the untold story of how a bronze bell became a celebrated…

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