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December 2019

Museum Open House & Holiday Boutique

December 8 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Shop for hand-crafted holiday gifts and tour the museum during the Centre Park Christmas House Tour. Visit centreparkhistoricdistrict.org for house tour information. Tickets not required to visit the museum; Free admission to general public.  

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Incorporation Day: BHC’s Birthday Bash

December 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Commemorate the BHC’s incorporation date with a good old fashioned birthday party for longtime friends and supporters of the BHC. Refreshments and happy hour drinks provided. Free Admission.  Please RVSP. Call 610-375-4375.  

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150th From the Historical Society to the BHC: 150 Year of Berks History

December 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Learn about the history of the Berks History Center from its fledgling founding in 1869 as the Historical Society of Berks County to present day. Presented by BHC Trustee, Barry Kauffman. Free admission as a special thank you to all of our supporters over the years. 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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The Place I Call Home

December 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Explore the rustic scenery, culture and folkloric traditions of Albany Township and Berks through an artistic and musical journey presented by artist, Jon Bon and musician/producer, Dave Kline. Come and enjoy another of Dave Kline's highly-popular Storyteller Session evenings at Berks History Center on December 19, 7 to 8:30 pm.  This show is entitled “The Place I Call Home”.   Kempton artist Jon Bond and musician/producer Dave Kline will present “The Place I Call Home,” a collaboration featuring original works of art and…

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Off to the Races!

December 20

Celebrate the Holidays with Historic Tours Full of Cheer with One Mansion, One Stable Museum & One Horse Race Track. Belair Mansion offers a look at Maryland’s earliest history. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was built in 1745 for Provincial Governor Samuel Ogle and his wife Anne. Ogle, along with his brother-in-law, Colonel Benjamin Tasker, imported a number of Thoroughbred horses in the hopes of introducing English stock to the colonies to strengthen local race horses.…

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January 2020

1728: The Year of Fear From Oley to the Tulpehocken

January 11, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Learn how the peaceful relations between William Penn and the Native People were threatened by an armed skirmish between settlers and the “strange Indians” near the Manatawny Creek, the killing of three peaceful Lenape in the Cacossing area, and Sassoonan’s protest against the Tulpehocken Settlement. Presented by Barry Miller. Snow Date: January 18 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…

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Movies & Memories in Queens & Corona with Charlie Adams

January 25, 2020

Get nostalgic at the Museum of the Moving Image at the former Paramount Studios and visit the site of the 1939-40 and 1964-65 World’s Fair, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Enjoy lunch on your own in historic Astoria. Price of the trip does not include bus driver tip. Elite Coach is our transportation provider. Bus departs the Shilling Shopping Center parking lot BEHIND the PA Driver’s License Photo Center at 7:00 am and will return at approximately 8:00 pm. $100 members/$110…

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February 2020

Freedom-Seekers Turned Freedom-Fighters

February 8, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Join journalist and author, Jim Remsen as he chronicles the experiences of a group of fugitive slaves who escaped southern bondage, dared to openly build new lives in Pennsylvania, and later returned south to fight for the Union. Journalist and author Jim Remsen will present an illustrated history talk, “Freedom-Seekers Turned Freedom-Fighters,” which chronicles the experiences of a group of fugitive slaves who escaped southern bondage and dared to openly build new lives in the North. Once the Civil War…

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HJL Book Club – February 19

February 19, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 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 February we will be discussing: Grant, by Ron Chernow 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…

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