**AN UPDATE ON BHC’S JANUARY PROGRAMS: We deeply apologize, but with the resurgence of COVID cases in our area, the Berks History Center has decided that in the interest of safety for our staff, volunteers, and visitors, we will be canceling our January 8, 2022 Second Saturday Program (Twisted: Mindful Pretzel Consumption) and our January 15, 2022 Brunch & Brushes program.

The BHC will be rescheduling both programs, and will inform the public of the new dates and times as soon as possible. In the meantime, if you have pre-paid for the January 15, 2022 Brunch & Brushes program and would like a refund, or to sign up for a future program date (February 3, March 5, April 14, or May 7), please call 610-375-4375.

At this time, our January 29, 2022 bus trip, BHC Crosses the Delaware with Charlie Adams, will still be taking place as planned. We will notify you of any changes as soon as possible.

COVID-19 has brought about a multitude of challenges for small businesses in our community, and our organization is no exception. Please bear with us as we navigate these unprecedented times. The BHC is currently operating with staffing below our normal levels. We are striving to maintain our regular operating hours from Wednesday through Saturday, 9 AM to 3 PM, however, please note that changes to scheduled programs or closures may be necessary. We are grateful for your continued patience and support.


We are the Berks History Center, and our mission is to tell the unique story of Berks County and its diverse people, with the aim of building an inclusive understanding of our impact on national history, strengthening our community, and inspiring all audiences now and in the future.


Visiting During The COVID-19 Pandemic

The Berks History Center’s Museum and Henry Janssen Library are open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 9 AM to 3 PM.

Face Masks & Coverings
Beginning August 16, 2021, all visitors must wear a properly fitting face mask or covering while on-site at the Berks History Center
 regardless of vaccination status. According to the latest numbers from the CDC, Berks County reached a “substantial” level of community transmission of COVID-19. [Source: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view]


How Are You Feeling?
Visitors who are feeling ill, experiencing flu-like symptoms, or knowingly exposed to someone with flu-like symptoms or COVID-19 should not enter the property and are encouraged to stay home and seek medical care. 


Appointments are required to visit the Henry Janssen Library during this time. You may reach our library staff at 610-375-4375 ext. 115 to arrange your visit.

You can learn more about visiting the Berks History Center’s Museum and Henry Janssen Library by following this link: https://www.berkshistory.org/reopening/.



Funding has been provided by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.


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