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March 2021

Pennsylvania’s Justice Bell

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

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
Zoom

Trustee, author, and retired attorney Brian C. Engelhardt, Esq., explores the difficulties that women jurors faced following the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women suffrage in 1920, as well as passage of legislation in Pennsylvania which specifically guaranteed to women the right of jury service. However problems of getting the names of women on the jury roll proved monumental- but not nearly as challenging as finding the ladies’ room within the existing courthouse, as there were none –…

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German Heritage & Heirlooms: Discover How Your Story Matters

March 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Zoom

Once again Heinz History Center and "Unlock Your History" join the BHC in this second joint archival workshop that explores hand-written documents, heirlooms, geneaology, transcription and history, to demonstrate the importance of your personal story. Anyone can decipher hidden clues within documents found in your attic. This workshop will provide guidance about where to get more help as well as options to care for those artifacts.   This event will be hosted on Zoom. Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QHsXYBDIQrm2WwDFCuXeZA

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April 2021

“Help Yourself and God Will Help You” – The Birth, Life & Death of the C.S.S. Alabama

April 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Zoom

"Help Youself and God Will Help You" was stamped in French in bronze letters on the ships' wheel of the Confederate Raider, CSS Alabama. This program will focus on the intrigue and characters in the birth of the ship and its eventual campagn of destruction, and its very interesting connection to another famous American. Register now to join us for this compelling presentation given by Joe Schaeffer, Charter Member and Former President of the Berks County First Defenders Civil War…

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George Washington Sat Here, Honest: Proving (and Debunking) Berks County Artifact Legends through Provenance Research

April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom

The BHC collection includes a surprising array of artifacts with fantastic, unbelievable stories attached to them. Join Bradley Smith, former Curator of the BHC, as he discusses his favorite Berks County legend. Currently he is the Program Director at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, in Harrisburg, PA, and an adjunct History Professor at Alvernia University in Reading, PA.   This event is free to the public and will take place on Zoom. Pre-registration required. Zoom registration link will become available…

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Walspurgisnacht: “May Eve” A Cross-Quarter Day

April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom

Join Charlie Adams, Dave Kline and Patrict Dunmoyer for a twilight virtual program starting at 7:13 PM, and uncover how this folkloric tradition migrated from the dark mountains of Europe to the hills of Pennsylvania.   This event will take place on Zoom. The registration link will become available shortly.

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May 2021

House Blessing Inscriptions: A Pennsylvania Dutch Tradition of Establishment

May 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Zoom

This presentation, given by Patrick Donmoyer, Director of the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University, features a survey of architectural stone inscriptions and date plaques, with parallels found in written and printed blessings used in the home. A wide range of German-language blessing inscriptions ranging from Berks, Lebanon and Lehigh will be explained, each with a English-language equivalalent, as well as their biblical and historical significance. The history of these incriptions is traced through the building and stone-carving…

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Follow the River… Be a part of History

May 12 @ 8:00 am - May 14 @ 5:00 pm

The BHC returns to Woodstock and the Sixties, with a visit to Bathel Woods Museum, as well as a stop at the Walkway over the Hudson, Boscobel House and gardens, West Point Military Academy and a boat cruise on the "Pride of the Hudson." Price: $550 Double/$625 Single Occupancy Call BHC to reserve your ticket.

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SAVE THE DATE: Road Ramble Spring ’21

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

SAVE THE DATE: MAY 15, 2021   DETAILS TBA!

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Reading Through the Eyes of Reading Eagle Photographer John Tenschert

May 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom

Join Berks History Center Trustee, Rick Polityka, as he explores the many historic structures in Reading with photos taken by John Tenschert while working for the Eagle and Pomeroys during the mid-twentieth century.   This event is free to the public and will take place on Zoom. Pre-registration required. Zoom registration link will become available shortly. Please consider making a donation to Berks History Center to support educational programs like these.

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