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April 2017

HJL Book Club – The Wright Brothers

April 19, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Henry Janssen Library, 160 Spring Street
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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  The Wright Brothers by David McCullough The HJL Book Club meets on the 3rd Wednesday of February, April, June, August and October.  Discussion Starts at 5:30 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. Kim and Lisa provide beverages.  We kindly ask that you bring a brown bag dinner. If you have any book ideas, please email them to Kim at KRichards@berkshistory.org If…

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Butterfly Atrium at Hershey Gardens

April 21, 2017

Our morning begins with a guided tour at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, where we will share the historical evolution of all types of vehicles. No other automobile museum in PA comes close to its uniqueness and historical value. Lunch will be very special, a buffet at the historic Hershey Hotel. Just opened, the 16,000-square-foot conservatory is the first permanent, year-round building at Hershey Gardens. Stepping into the climate-controlled Butterfly Atrium is like stepping into another world! Following…

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2nd Annual Berks History Conference

April 22, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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    Join us for our 2nd annual gathering of history enthusiasts featuring informative lectures on Berks County history by academics, historians, and conservation experts. Conference Topics Include: The Home of Vagabonds, Poor Sheep, and Miserable Earthly Worms: Religious Pluralism in Colonial Berks County Dr. Karen Guenther 18th Century Tall Case Clocks Gregg Perry Globalization in the 1830s: Moncure Robinson, Michel Chevalier and the Reading Railroad Dr. Darwin H. Stapleton Understanding Your Ancestors' Money Irvin Rathman Lunch will be provided. RSVP…

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Azalea Festival Virginia

April 27, 2017 - April 30, 2017

Enjoy 4 days and 3 nights touring Norfolk’s most esteemed attractions including the VA Naval Base and MacArthur Memorial. Tickets also include reserved seats at the Azalea Festival’s Parade of Nations and the International Tattoo Show featuring Marching Bands & Precision Drill Teams. Click here for more information. $650 Double Occupancy For more information and reservations call 610-375-4375.  

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May 2017

Ruling the Roost: Reading’s Social Heyday

May 13, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Explore Reading’s forgotten social scene, including Mt. Penn’s Gravity Railroad Wine Trail, the legendary “Big Bearded Santa Claus of the Hills”, and his infamous Kuechler’s Roost, in a presentation by freelance food & drink writer, Mike Madaio. $8.00 non-members, $5.00 members, Free for Gold Card Members Light Refreshments served at 9:30AM Want to explore this time period further? Spend the day with us for "Cheers to History" an early summer social. Click here for more information.  Off street parking available…

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Cheers to History: Summer Social with Reading Occasional Cocktail Club

May 13, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Relive Reading’s high society heyday with an exclusive Summer Social hosted by Reading Occasional Cocktail Club. This event will begin at 10am with an hour-long historical presentation titled Ruling the Roost: Readings Social Heyday. Explore Reading’s forgotten social scene, including Mt. Penn’s Gravity Railroad Wine Trail, the legendary “Big Bearded Santa Claus of the Hills”, and his infamous Kuechler’s Roost, in a presentation by freelance food & drink writer, Mike Madaio. Can't make it to the Summer Social event?! Don't…

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June 2017

Berks Country Fest Storyteller Travis Wetzel: The History & Importance of Fiddle Tunes During the American Civil War Era

June 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Mad Fiddler, Travis Wetzel, will be coming from his home near Nashville to present a fascinating, one-man musical history show called The History and Importance of Fiddle Tunes During the American Civil War Era. During the American Civil War era, music of all kinds played an important role to calm nerves, motivate, embolden and rally troops and entertain civilians who were coping with the reality of the terrible conflict.  Each side had its favorite songs and music, and folk…

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Footprints on the Mountain

June 10, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Ride along the Gravity Railroad and recount the glory days of the many resorts and wineries that graced Mt. Penn with a presentation and book signing by local writer and historian Corrie Crupi. $8.00 non-members, $5.00 members, Free for Gold Card Members Light Refreshments served at 9:30AM Off street parking available at the Henry Janssen Library, 160 Spring Street, Reading. Berks History Center is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission

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Uncovering the Truth: 88th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry

June 10, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Descendants of the 88th PA Volunteer Infantry, Mike Abouy, Todd Lessug and John Warren, share a brief history of the 88th regiment and their stories of finding original source materials. $8.00 non-members, $5.00 members, Free for Gold Card Members Off street parking available at the Henry Janssen Library, 160 Spring Street, Reading. Berks History Center is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission

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Berks County Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Gallery Reception

June 13, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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Celebrate the newest members of the Berks County Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with friends, family, and refreshments. Only at the Berks County Rock & Roll Hall of Fame exhibit at the Berks History Center! Part of Berks History Center's Take It Back Tuesdays, held every Tuesday evening in the month of June! The 2017 Inductees will be annouced at 6:30PM! The Official 2017 Induction Ceremony will be held at Magical History Tour Part 5, the flagship event of…

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