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October 2017

Free “ArtWalk” Community Celebration

October 26, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

 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

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

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

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

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

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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Holiday House Tour of Historic Homes in Delaware

December 13, 2017

Celebrate the holiday season by visiting several historic homes in Delaware decorated for Christmas! Welcome to the tranquil village of Odessa, although in colonial times it was a busy grain shipping port. Tour beautifully restored 18th and 19th century homes with outstanding examples of household furnishings made by prominent Delaware cabinet makers. The Historic Odessa Foundation’s collection of regional paintings, prints, textiles, silver and pewter is steeped in Delaware history and rich in the finest samples of mid-Atlantic craftsmanship. For…

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January 2018

Posts from the Past: “Instagram of the 19th Century” with Paul Druzba

January 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Join local historian Paul Druzba for a look at how postcards have evolved since first being introduced in the late 19th century including nostalgic scenes of early Berks County. $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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Poe Cottage & Historic Yonkers with Charlie Adams

January 19

Celebrate Edgar Allan Poe 209th birthday with Charlie Adam and a visit to his home in NYC! Poe’s Cottage was where Edgar lived the last years of his life, from 1846 to 1849. This small wooden farmhouse, built in 1812, once commanded unobstructed vistas over the rolling Bronx hills to the shores of Long Island. This bucolic setting is where the great writer penned many of his most poetic works, including “Annabel Lee” and “The Bells.” On November 28, 1776,…

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