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October 2017

Conrad Weiser & the Path to Terrorism in Berks County

October 14, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Was Conrad Weiser a friend or foe to the Lenape natives? His is a remarkable story of a talented, energetic and courageous German immigrant serving his community, the Province of Pennsylvania and the Six Nations of the Iroquois -- at the expense of the Lenape -- in the middle of territorial clashes and cultural differences. Explore this compelling question in a presentation by Historian Barry Miller as he examines Weiser’s role in the complex contest for land and the cultural dominance…

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RESCHEDULED: Berks Brews

October 14, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR 2018. EXACT DATE TBA. Uncover Berks County’s legendary beer brewing history in a presentation led by Breweriana Aficionado, Chad Campbell. Beer tasting hosted by Oakbrook Brewing Company.      

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HJL Book Club – October 2017

October 18, 2017 @ 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 October we will be discussing: In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin, by Erik Larson.  Fee:  $5.00 donation to the Adopt-A-Collection Fund We will provide beverages.  We kindly ask that you bring a brown bag dinner.…

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Free “ArtWalk” Community Celebration

October 26, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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 The Berks History Center has partnered with award-winning mural artist Michael Miller, the Wyomissing Area High School, Reading High School, and the Berks Arts Council to design and create a permanent piece of artwork that will be installed on the walkways between the Berks History Center Museum and Research Library buildings. The art installation, or “Art Walk,” will be painted directly on the sidewalk surrounding the Berks History Center using a series of repeating stencil patterns, which were designed and…

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November 2017

Gallery Opening: World War I & Berks

November 10, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Join us as we celebrate a special exhibit commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Great War. Explore Berks County's contributions to World War I and its impact on the citizens of Berks. $7.00 Adults, $5.00 Seniors, Free to BHC Members and ALL VETERANS. Click here for more information about the WWI & Berks project and exhibit.  Curated by Richard Polityka and Dave Unger

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Dieffenbach Organ Concert

November 11, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Enjoy the sounds of Berks County's history with a rare Dieffenbach organ concert and presentation by descendent, Adam Dieffenbach. $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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Giving Tuesday Open House

November 28, 2017
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Visitors are invited to enjoy free tours of the museum, children's activities, a new museum scavenger hunt and, #UNselfies with the faces of Berks County's history. The #GivingTuesday museum open house runs from 2PM-7PM or participate all day on social media or by donating online. Click here for more information.

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December 2017

Southern Hospitality in Savannah. GA & Charleston, SC

December 1, 2017 @ 8:00 am - December 6, 2017 @ 9:00 pm

  Tour Fort Sumter and Magnolia Plantation while exploring the historic cities of the South.   $825 per person (double occupancy)/ $1000 per person (single occupancy) Click here for more information. Contact Vicky Heffner, Education Curator, at 610.375.4375 or education@berkshistory.org to register.

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Belsnickel at BHC

December 9, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Meet Belsnickel, the mysterious PA German Christmas character, in a lively presentation and performance by Patrick Donmoyer. $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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Free Gallery Reception & Holiday Open House

December 10, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Join us at the Berks History Center from 11AM-5PM for a special gallery exhibit of “Ojos: Reading through the Eyes of Youth." The free reception & holiday open house is being held in conjunction with the Centre Park Historic District’s 33rd Annual Christmas House Tour. To take the Holiday House Tour you must purchase tickets from the Centre Park Historic District. Visit http://centreparkhistoricdistrict.org/ for tickets.  However, you won’t have to go on the tour to visit the Berks History Center Museum free of…

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