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June 2020

VIRTUAL: Berks County Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

June 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
PA United States

The Official 2020 Induction Ceremony of the Berks County Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is going virtual with Americana Fest. Same date as previously scheduled, tune in to Americana Fest on facebook on Friday, June 12th at 6:30pm. Click here to follow Americana Fest.

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CANCELED: Berks County Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at the Reading Fightin Phils

June 13 @ 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
First Energy Stadium, 1900 Centre Ave
Reading, PA 19601
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Due to concerns with COVID-19 and statewide restrictions on large events, this event has been canceled. Join us for a special Berks County Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony featuring the R-Phils Mascot Band during Star Wars Night at the Reading Fightin Phils! Also enjoy Carpenter MEGA Blast Fireworks, a "Star Wars" Tribute with character appearances, "Star Wars" Jerseys auctions and raffles, a pre-game concert by the Mascot Band.

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CANCELED: Three Cheers and a Ringgold Tiger!  The First of the First Defenders

June 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Due to the statewide shutdown, this event has been canceled. This program will be rescheduled in 2021. Discover the stories behind the Ringgold Light Artillery before they became the preeminent light artillery company in Eastern Pennsylvania, with Civil War historian, Mark Pflum. 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 Spring Street, Reading. All programs subject to change. Berks History Center…

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Shotgun Resistance: Digital Second Saturday Program

June 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Please join us to discover the history of the construction of the Maidencreek Dam and  Lake Ontelaunee between 1925 and 1932. This special digital presentation will explore the crisis in Reading’s water supply that created the need for the project, the drama of the 1927 “Shotgun Rebellion” by local farmers whose land was ultimately under the new lake, plus the accompanying turmoil in Reading City Hall triggered by these events. Nothing like hearing about turmoil in City Hall to stir…

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CANCELED: Junior Historian Camp

June 16 @ 10:00 am - June 18 @ 3:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Due to concerns with COVID-19, this year's Junior Historian Camp has been canceled. We hope to see our junior historians next year! Step back in time with hands-on learning and fun at the BHC museum. $50 Campers/$35 1776 Club Members

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HJL Book Club – June 17

June 17 @ 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 June we will be discussing: The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War by A.J. Baime Fee:  $5.00 donation to the Adopt-A-Collection Fund You do not need to be a member of the Berks History Center to…

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BHC Annual Meeting – VIRTUAL

June 25 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Members Only. Please join us for BHC’s annual meeting and progress report via Zoom. Please join us for Berks History Center's Annual Membership Meeting on June 25, 2020 at 5:30pm. As a member of the Berks History Center your input is crucial to the success of our mission to preserve, educate & inspire. Due to current restrictions related to COVID-19, this year’s Annual Membership Meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. We thank Herbein + Co. for allowing us to…

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August 2020

HJL Book Club – August 19

August 19 @ 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! August's book is TBA 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 bag dinner. Click here for more information…

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September 2020

RESCHEDULED: Hike Through History

September 12 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This program was originally scheduled for May 3, 2020. Due to the state-wide shutdown the event has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 12, 2020. Please contact education@berkshistory.org if you have any questions or concerns.  Explore Reading’s other famous resort mountain, Neversink, on a guided hiking tour led by Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club member, Paul Schumann, and author, Paul Druzba. $5 members/$8 non-members. Pre-purchase Required. Call 610-375-4375 to register.

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Barn Tour – Part III

September 27 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Discover Hidden Barn Treasures in Historic Oley Valley with barn and house historian Greg Huber. Not only will Greg Huber enlighten us with his wealth of knowledge about barns while traveling throughout the Oley Valley but we will also tour the interior of several of the barns as well. Architectural features, building methods and materials utilized will explain the transition from European building styles over hundreds of year to that of early North American Barns to Ground, Sweitzer and Standard…

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