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October 2021

Facebook LIVE Ghost Stories with Charles J. Adams III

October 28 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Tune in on Facebook at 10:13 AM for this very spooky Facebook LIVE with author and story-teller Charles J. Adams III to learn why Centre Park Historic District could be called Centre Park HAUNTED District. Like and follow BHC on Facebook @berkshistory!

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November 2021

Brunch and Brushes with BHC Curator Amber Vroman

November 6 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

The Berks History Center is excited to offer a new event called Brunch and Brushes, led by our very own BHC Museum Curator, Amber Vroman. Create your own masterpiece while enjoying good conversation and delicious breakfast fare! This unique event blends history with contemporary art. Participants will receive step-by-step instructions on how to paint a modern version of the traditional PA Dutch Distelfink while learning about the history of Pennsylvania German art and its significance to Berks County. All experience…

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Remembrances of the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion

November 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

BHC welcomes historian Ed Matten, as he chronicles his visit to Normandy in June of 2019 by presenting two videos along with discussion. In addition, Ed will share interviews of WWII veterans, recordings from General Eisenhower, old stills, guided tours by experts of this momentous historical event, and the very moving ceremony held with President Trump and President Macron in the Colleville-sur-Mer cemetery. This program will be held in person, inside the BHC Museum Auditorium. The cost of this program…

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Encounter the Wonder of Christmas: Ark Encounter & Creation Museum Multi-Day Trip

November 29 - December 2

Join the BHC on this festive 4 Day, 3 Night trip to Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio! During the course of the trip, participants will explore sites including the Krohn Conservatory, Creation Museum's Christmas Town, Doscher's Candy Factory, and the Newport Aquarium. The trip will conclude with an unforgettable visit to the Ark Encounter where guests will Encounter the Wonder of Christmas Time and enjoy a holiday buffet dinner at Emzara's. The cost of the trip is $725/person for double…

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December 2021

Finding Anna Elizabeth Bachman: Mysterious Wife of Nicholas Stoltzfus

December 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Join us for this special BHC program! Rosalind J. Beiler, Ph. D., shares how she conducted research to discover the identity of Nicholas Stoltzfus’s wife, Anna Elizabeth Bachman, who immigrated to America in 1766. Until recently, her full name was unknown. Dr. Beiler also explores the role of German-speaking and Anabaptist immigrants to Berks County. This presentation continues the BHC’s Berks Suffrage Centennial Celebration and is being held in connection with the historic Nicholas Stoltzfus Homestead. This program will be…

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Historic Holiday House Tour

December 8 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Join the BHC for a day-long immersion in PA German art and culture, and colonial Christmas traditions! This trip includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the new Center for PA German Studies located at the Dewees Tavern in Trappe, tours of the Henry Muhlenberg House and Speaker’s House (also located in Trappe), as well as Pottsgrove Manor, and lunch! This twice rescheduled trip will certainly put you in the holiday spirit! The cost of the tour is $110 for BHC members…

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From Penn’s Common to City Park with Rick Polityka

December 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Trustee Richard Polityka explores the establishment of Penn’s Common in 1749 by Richard and Thomas Penn as public commons, or a place for “public recreation.”  However, County Commissioners, starting in 1800, permitted three major intrusions, the water-works, the prison grounds and the fairgrounds. This program illustrates the many changes to the park and its many current attractions including monuments, memorials and the Bandshell. This program will be held in person, inside the BHC Museum Auditorium. The cost of this program…

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January 2022

Twisted: Mindful Pretzel Consumption

January 8, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Great-great-granddaughter of Julius Sturgis, author Jill Marie Thomas, presents the history of America’s oldest commercial pretzel bakery (c. 1861), which started in Lititz with their modern factory now located in Reading. With access to the Sturgis family baking industry archives, this program includes the progression of baking through the decades from the hand-twisting days to the current extrusion methods, and includes a hands-on opportunity for participants to give twisting a pretzel a try. This program will be held in person,…

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