Berks History at Home


While we must be closed to do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are still here for you, to preserve and share your Berks history.

We are pleased to bring you a selection of digital resources, which we will continue to expand and update so long as we are able.


Watch Your Berks History 

Museum Moments of Zen

#YourBerksHistory on BCTV.org

Hidden in Plain Sight with Reading Downtown Improvement District Association on BCTV.org

HSBC-TV on BCTV.org

All of these videos and more can also be found on Berks History Center’s YouTube ChannelFollow @berkshistory


Discover Your Berks History 

Articles from The Historical Review of Berks County 

Explore Photo Galleries from the BHC Collections

Stories from the “Keeper of Berks County’s History Mysteries” Blog

Click the link above to access the entire blog or browse by category below:


Activites for Children

“Reading Points in Time” Printable Coloring Page

Community Historian Journal Prompts

Family Historian Project for Junior Historians

Create a “Shoebox Archive”

Berks History Walking Tours


Recommended Reading

HJL Book Club Reading List

Berks History Books 


Other Online Resources for Local History

Historic Dreibelbis Farm – A brief history of the Dreibelbis Farm owners

Fleetwood Area Historical Society A brief history of automobile industry in Fleetwood

The Heidelberg Heritage Society 

Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County 

Kutztown Area Historical Society – A brief history of Kutztown

Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles – Photos of a portion of the collection

John Updike Childhood Home – History of the Updike house

Mid-Atlantic Air Museum – Pictures and information of planes in the collection

Museum at Crystal Cave – History of Crystal Cave

Reading Area Fire Fighters Museum – Videos of interest

Reading Public Museum Pictures and descriptions of collection items

Reading Railroad Heritage Museum – Overview of Reading Company history:

Centre Park Historic District – Brief history of the Centre Park area

Conrad Weiser Homestead – Printable documents and lesson plans