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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: 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 join the discussion.…

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September 2020

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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October 2020

4 Centuries in Berks Historic Property Tour

October 10 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Berks History Center is proud to celebrate architectural styles intrinsic to the county’s historical and contemporary culture with its 14th annual 4 Centuries in Berks Historic Property Tour. The location of the 2020 4 Centuries Tour is TBA. Tickets: $35.00 per person (The tour is limited to age 12 and older) - Available in Summer 2020 PLEASE NOTE: This tour is moderately accessible. Not all properties on the tour are handicap accessible and there may be some walking involved to get…

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Pilgrimage to Seneca Falls – Berks Suffrage Centennial 2020

October 14 - October 17

   This bus trip was originally scheduled on May 15-17 and has been rescheduled to October 14-16, 2020 due to the concerns with COVID-19. Please contact Vicky Heffner at 610-375-4375 for any rescheduling conflicts or additional concerns.  Travel to the Finger Lakes to tour the Women’s Rights Museum NPS in Seneca Falls where the fight to gain the right to vote began and tour the homes of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Harriet Tubman. The Berks History Center along with the…

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HJL Book Club – October 21

October 21 @ 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! October's book is TDA. 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…

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Members Only Autumn Mixer & Behind the Scenes Tour

October 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Please join us for a special members-only cocktail hour  & behind-the scenes tour of the museum. Free for Members. Please RSVP. Call 610-375-4375 or email elise@berkshistory.org Click here for more information about membership to the Berks History Center.

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December 2020

PA German Tour with Lisa Minardi

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

   This bus trip was originally scheduled on March 29th and has been rescheduled to December 8, 2020 due to the concerns with COVID-19. Please contact Vicky Heffner at 610-375-4375 for any rescheduling conflicts or additional concerns.  Explore PA German folk art at Trappe’s new Center for PA German Studies and enjoy tours of the Henry Muhlenburg House, Dewees Tavern, Speaker’s House, and Daniel Hiester House. Includes lunch at Grace’s Café. Join us for a day-long immersion in Pennsylvania German…

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March 2021

The Other Mt. Vernon

March 11, 2021 @ 7:00 am - 7:30 pm

Originally scheduled on March 26, 2020 and this bus trip has been rescheduled to March 11, 2021. Please contact Vicky Heffner at 610-375-4375 for any rescheduling conflicts or additional concerns.  Built for George Washington’s step-granddaughter, Eleanor “Nelly” Parke Custis, Woodlawn is within view of Mt. Vernon. Nearby is the Pope-Leighey House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Cost includes lunch at the Mt. Vernon Inn Restaurant and admission to the 57th Annual Woodlawn Needlework Show and Sale. Lunch will be a…

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June 2021

Get Looney in Altooney with Charlie Adams

June 5, 2021

  Originally scheduled on June 20, 2020, this bus trip has been rescheduled to June 5, 2021. Please contact Vicky Heffner at 610-375-4375 for any rescheduling conflicts or additional concerns.  Come and experience the Railroader’s Memorial Museum and Horseshoe Curve in Altoona and learn more about the PA Railroad in its glory days. Stop at the Penn State Creamery on the way home. Lunch included. Bus departs the Shillington Shopping Center parking lot BEHIND the PA Driver’s License Photo Center…

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