Virtual PA Dutch Classes

Bradley Smith, Archivist at the Berks History Center, will present a virtual eight-week course that introduces participants to the language and culture of the Pennsylvania Dutch.   This beginner course will provide participants with instruction related to pronunciation, vocabulary, and common phrases, and include discussions related to Pennsylvania Dutch culture and history. We are looking forward […]

Basket for Janice Workshop

Berks History Center 940 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA

Education Curator Vicky Heffner once again teaches how to weave this market-style basket with two swing handles that is accented with red, blue, green or yellow dyed reed. Tickets are $45/BHC Member and $55/Non-Member and can be purchased by calling the Berks History Center at 610-375-4375 from Wednesday to Saturday, 9 AM- 3 PM.  Please […]

Berks County’s Last Mountain Lion

Berks History Center 940 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA

In August 1874, the Reading Eagle reported that hunters in Albany Township had killed the last Berks County mountain lion.  In the weeks that followed, dozens of newspapers from across the country shared this story, with each providing new sensational details of the hunters' ordeal.  Interest in the tale was rekindled decades later, after the taxidermied remains […]

The Wyomissing Band Exhibit: Celebrating 100 Years

Berks History Center 940 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA

On December 12, 1922, fourteen individuals of musical background petitioned the Berks County Court of Common Pleas for the incorporation of a new town band. Two months later, on February 5, 1923, the Wyomissing Band, Inc. of Wyomissing, PA was founded. For the past 100 years, the band has provided an outlet for musicians to […]

Celebrate Fastnacht Day with the BHC!

Berks History Center 940 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA

Join BHC Education Curator, Vicky Heffner, to chat about the history of fastnachts and the steps she follows to prepare this unique culinary treat using her great-grandmother's recipe. Participants can visit the BHC anytime between 10 AM and 1 PM to taste fastnachts, enjoy coffee or tea, learn, and relax. Each participant will also receive a […]

Printmaking Workshop

Berks History Center 940 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA

Join us for our upcoming linocut printmaking workshop with BHC Curator, Amber Vroman. Participants will receive instruction on how to carve a relief image into the surface of linoleum and transfer it onto paper with a hand printing process. Pick from a variety of Pennsylvania German folk art motifs, or create your very own design. […]

Brunch and Brushes

Berks History Center 940 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA

The Berks History Center is excited to continue offering our special program, Brunch and Brushes, led by BHC Museum Curator, Amber Vroman. During the month of March, participants will be painting a BRAND NEW bird design.   Create your own masterpiece while enjoying good conversation and delicious refreshments. This unique event blends history with contemporary art. […]

Indigenous Women of Berks County

Berks History Center 940 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA

During our March Second Saturday Program, sponsored by Berks Women's History Alliance, learn about the enduring legacy of Indigenous women in Berks County and their important cultural roles in traditional Native society. This program is presented by Amanda Funk, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Widoktadwen Center for Native Knowledge, located in Reading, PA.  This program […]

Printmaking Workshop

Berks History Center 940 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA

Join us for our upcoming linocut printmaking workshop with BHC Curator, Amber Vroman. Participants will receive instruction on how to carve a relief image into the surface of linoleum and transfer it onto paper with a hand printing process. Pick from a variety of Pennsylvania German folk art motifs, or create your very own design. […]

PA German Scratch Egg Workshop

Berks History Center 940 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA

In celebration of one of the earliest traditions of PA German Easter egg decorating, the BHC is excited to offer a special scratch-carved egg workshop, led by museum Curator, Amber Vroman. Learn about the history of this beautiful, and long standing Easter tradition and see some fantastic examples from the BHC’s museum collection!  Participants will […]