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March 2018

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

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

  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

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

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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A Hike Through History

April 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Explore the historical treasures of Mt. Penn with a guided hiking tour led by Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club adventurist Paul Schumann and Pagoda-Skyline historian Corrie Crupi. Reservations and hiking experience required. Call 610-375-4375 for reservations and more information. ***Hike begins at the William Penn Fire Tower. Meet at 12:45PM, the hike will begin promptly at 1PM.

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May 2018

Homeschool Day at the Museum

May 1 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Discover your Berks history at the Berks History Center Museum with special guided tours & student activities. Cost: $10 per combined parent and student with additional children costing $3.00/child. Cost includes a guided tour (given on the hour) and hands-on activities. Reservations are required. Enjoy a basket weaving activity (includes instructions and materials) and take home your own handmade basket for an additional $5 per person. Children 3 and under free. For more information & reservations call 610-375-4375

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Along the Susquehanna

May 4

Explore Historic Columbia and Wrightsville with a visit to Wrights Ferry Mansion, The First National Bank Museum, and Burning of the Bridge Diorama. $105 members/$115 non-members Bus departs from the Shillington Shopping Center parking lot BEHIND where the Driver’s License Center is located at 8:30 am, and we will return at approximately 6:00 pm. Transportation is provided by Elite Coach (price does not included bus driver’s tip). Click here for more information. To register contact Vicky Heffner, Education Curator, at…

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Sugar & Spice & a Pinch of History

May 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Indulge your senses and explore the medicinal and culinary uses of herbs dating back to the 1700’s with Grace Kline, a member of the PA Herb Society and Founder of the Muhlenberg Garden Club. 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…

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June 2018

Mission Impossible: Completing the Collections Management Initiative

June 2 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us for an exclusive, members-only presentation by Curator, Bradley K. Smith. Discover the challenges and successes of recovering 300+ years of Berks County history through Berks History Center's Award Winning Collections Management Initiative.  June 02, 2017   I   10AM-2PM Light Refreshments served at 9:30AM. Program begins at 10:00 AM. Open house and behind the scenes tours begin at 11:00AM. RSVP Required. Please email elise@berkshistory.org or call 610-375-4375 to reserve your seat   Members Only : Free Admission This…

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Berks Country Fest Storytellers

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

      The 2018 installment of Berks Country Fest's popular Storyteller Series continues with “The Waters of Glacier”, a brand new multimedia show of music and film, never before presented to the public, written by Jill Haley when she lived in Glacier National Park, Montana. The music is written for oboe, English horn, piano, and guitar, and she will be accompanied by David Cullen and Sue McDevitt. Throughout the session Jill will share the story of how her inspirations in…

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