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June 2017

Manhattan’s Historic and Haunted Lower East Side with Charlie Adams

June 17, 2017

Charlie Adams will once again entertain participants in this ghostly tour of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The Merchant’s House Museum is the only nineteenth-century home in New York City preserved intact, both inside and out. Built in 1832 by hatter Joseph Brewster, it was later sold to Seabury Tredwell in 1840 whose daughter lived there until the 1930s. Gertrude was responsible for the preservation of this elegant home, and after her death a distant cousin opened it as…

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Carsonia Park with Paul Druzba

June 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Discover Carsonia Park with Paul Druzba! Mr. Druzba will share the fascinating history behind this long gone Berks County treasure with a presentation, book signing and carnivale themed cultural event. Celebrate Berks County's unique culture on Take It Back Tuesdays, every Tuesday evening in June! Refreshments Provided. Admission: $5.00

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HJL Book Club

June 21, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    This month we will be discussing: THE TRAIN TO CRYSTAL CITY: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp During World War II By Jan Jarboe Russell   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 bag dinner.     Click here for more information about the…

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Storytime & Crafts with Kay Haring

June 22, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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  Fun for the whole family with Berks County native Kay Haring. Join us for a reading of “Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing” followed by arts & crafts with the author. This event is free, however reservations are required. Please call 610-375-4375. All ages welcome.

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Annual Members Meeting & Potluck Dinner

June 22, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Please join us for Berks History Center's 2017 Annual Membership Meeting & Potluck Dinner. Get the latest report on Berks History Center's progress and give us your feedback. Membership Matters! As a member of the Berks History Center your input is crucial to the success of our mission to preserve, educate & inspire. Following the meeting we will enjoy a potluck dinner and fellowship with members, trustees, and staff.  Please join us and bring a dish to share. Members Only. RSVP…

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July 2017

Philadelphia & the NEW Museum of the American Revolution

July 1, 2017

Enjoy a journey through the remarkable story of America’s founding and gain a deeper understanding of the people, events, and ideals that gave birth to the nation by joining the Berks History Center and visit the NEW Museum of the American Revolution. Mingle among an Oneida council meeting, stand beneath a full-scale reproduction of the Liberty Tree and view General George Washington’s headquarters tent!  Lunch will be at the historic City Tavern Restaurant which was the location of the first…

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Animal Rescue League’s 65th Anniversary Celebration

July 7, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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  Join us for an evening reception celebrating the founding of the Animal Rescue League of Berks County featuring Guest Speaker Ruth Schaffer and Berks History Center’s Museum Collection including items belonging to ARL’s founder, Mary Archer. Refreshments provided. Free Admission. Registration Required. Click here to register. 

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Berks County’s 4th of July with the Vanderslice Family

July 8, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Celebrate our Nation’s Independence as it occurred in downtown Reading in 1176 with a reenactment of the ringing of the actual courthouse bell by the decedents of Henry Vanderslice. On July 8, 1776, Reading Sheriff Henry Vanderslice rang the Berks County Court House bell at high noon, calling the people of Reading together to hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence. This was the first announcement to the people of Berks County that the American colonies were separate and independent…

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Salsa Dancing in Reading: Past & Present

July 8, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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  Join us for a unique afternoon program with the Reading Public Library led by local dancer and dance instructor Daniel Equsquiza. Uncover Reading’s dance history and discover the new “community engagement through the arts” movement that has led to a local renaissance of dance and music centered around Latino culture, including Egusquiza’s upcoming presentation “Rosa Dances with Wolves,” which will be first presented at the Library Steps on July 29 at 12 PM. Free Admission. Click here to RSVP.

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August 2017

HJL Book Club – August 2017

August 16, 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 August we will be discussing: The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars by Paul Collins.   Fee:  $5.00 donation to the Adopt-A-Collection Fund You do not need to be a member of the Berks…

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