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January 2021

America’s Roots & Folk Music: The History, Myths and Lore

January 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

During this one hour broadcast, local musician and entertainer, Dave Kline, presents a fascinating look into the legacy of songwriters, musicians and the situations that helped them connect with a worldwide audience. Participants are encouraged to tune in and interact during the live concert by asking questions and leaving comments using the chat feature.   This is a free event that will take place on Zoom. Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_u2Frfe-DSMWOJw9XZzcMgA   Please consider making a donation to Berks History Center to…

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February 2021

The Civil War Soldier’s Orphan’s Schools of PA

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

Emeritist Archivist at Bethany's Children's Home, Carl Bloss, explores the hidden history of the Soldier's Orphans Schools implemented by the State of PA to care for and educate the many orphaned children of the Civil War; In 1863, Bethany Orphan's Home had already accepted many soldier's orphans before this program expanded to include 43 institutions across the state.   This event will be hosted on Zoom. Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_x1novz9XTCi4Fiq8gFFliA

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The Same Principle Lives in Us: People of African Descent in the American Revolution

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

American Revolutionaries struggled with a key question: would the words of the Declaration of Independence, that “all men are created equal,” apply to all people?” From the outbreak of the Revolution, people of African descent asked and answered this question through their words and actions. In this talk, hear the stories and explore the objects that we use at the Museum to help imagine what the Revolution was like for Phillis Wheatley, Elizabeth Freeman, James Forten, Harry Washington and others.…

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March 2021

The Other Mt. Vernon

March 11 @ 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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Pennsylvania’s Justice Bell

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

The Berks Suffrage 2020 Centennial continues its celebration with an informative presentation by Amanda Owens, Executive Director of the Justice Bell Foundation, who educates the significance of the Justice Bell in not only Berks County but the State of PA as a whole. This "Other Liberty Bell" was unique in that PA was the only state to create a bell with its clapper secured from ringing until women gained the right to vote. A replica of the Jutice Bell is…

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Problems That Confronted the First Women Jurors in Berks County

March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Trustee, author, and retired attorney Brian Engelhardt, Esq., explores the difficulties that female jurors faced despite the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in 1920. Legislation in PA guaranteed jury service to women; however, getting their names on the jury roll proved monumental. It was not nearly as challenging as finding the ladies room within the existing courthouse, as there were none - talk about problems.   This event will be hosted on Zoom.…

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May 2021

Road Ramble Spring ’21

May 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Berks County, PA


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June 2021

Get Looney in Altooney with Charlie Adams

June 5

  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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No Fat Above the Collar

June 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Historian Michael Shay discusses the life and career of Lt. General Hunter Ligget, a Berks County Native son, who rose through the ranks to lead the First Army, AEF in World War One.   This event will be hosted on Zoom. Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RYa0tCMESNCGb3US56m79A

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