April 29, 2021

While the Berks History Center remains closed to the public, our staff is anxious to begin welcoming visitors back as soon as possible.   We continue to monitor the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Berks County in addition to consideration for unique internal factors that impact our ability to re-open.  Our team also follows guidance for operating from appropriate agencies and health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.  

The Berks History Center also consults the latest research from the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) project.  REALM is a research project conducted by OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle to produce science-based information about how properly manage materials to mitigate COVID-19 exposure to staff and visitors of archives, libraries, and museums.

Currently, the Berks History Center has plans to re-open by appointment only, and will begin accepting calls for appointments on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.  Our hours will be limited to Wednesday through Saturday between the hours of 9 AM to 3 PM.  The level of community transmission heavily influences our ability to re-open.  The spread level must reduce from substantial to moderate.   We will make a final decision to re-open closer to the end of May.In the meantime, we hope you will continue to take advantage of the free programs being offered virtually on the second Saturday and third Thursday of each month.  If you missed a program and still want to catch it, many of our programs are recorded and available on our YouTube channel (  We also have some outdoor programs coming up, including the Berks History Spring 2021 Road Ramble on Saturday, May 15.  You can find out about all of our events by following us on social media through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visiting our website.

Berks History Center invites you to cultivate local food security by learning about the history of victory gardens and growing your own gardens at home, wherever possible. 

Thanks to The Friends of Reading Hospital for sponsoring the Berks History for Victory project.

Let’s help each other grow! Join the Berks Victory Gardeners Facebook group!

These are extraordinary times and your experience is important! We are now witnessing a unique historical moment as our community responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Berks History Center wants to preserve your story.

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.