PA Dutch Classes

Berks History Center 940 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA

Kannscht du Deitsch schwetze? Bradley Smith, Archivist at the Berks History Center, will present an 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 lead discussions related to Pennsylvania Dutch culture and history. […]

Printmaking Workshop

Berks History Center 940 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA

Led by BHC Museum Curator, Amber Vroman, participants will receive step-by-step instructions on how to carve and print their very own Pennsylvania German motif and will create a series of greeting cards to take home. Make your own masterpiece while enjoying good conversation and delicious refreshments. This unique event blends history with contemporary art.   […]

Printmaking Workshop

Berks History Center 940 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA

Led by BHC Museum Curator, Amber Vroman, participants will receive step-by-step instructions on how to carve and print their very own Pennsylvania German motif and will create a series of greeting cards to take home. Make your own masterpiece while enjoying good conversation and delicious refreshments. This unique event blends history with contemporary art.   […]

Oley Valley Barn Tour: Part VII

Discover Hidden Barn Treasures in Historic Oley Valley! During this enriching program, Greg Huber (the Sherlock Holmes of Pennsylvania barns), will share his wealth of knowledge about various Oley Valley barns, their construction, builders, and mysterious etchings. Part VII includes barns that have not been featured on previous tours. Similar to our Spring 2022 tour, no […]

Brunch & Brushes

Berks History Center 940 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA

Flower Design The Berks History Center is excited to continue offering our special program, Brunch and Brushes, led by BHC Museum Curator, Amber Vroman. During October and November of 2022, participants will be painting a BRAND NEW design, inspired by the fall season. Create your own masterpiece while enjoying good conversation and delicious refreshments. This […]

Twisted: Mindful Pretzel Consumption

Great-great-granddaughter of Julius Sturgis, author Jill Marie Thomas, presents the history of America’s oldest commercial pretzel bakery which started in Lititz and is now located in Reading. (This program is rescheduled from previous dates.)  This program will be held in person, inside the BHC Museum Auditorium. The cost of this program is $5 for BHC […]

Kuechler’s Roost Hike

Explore the outdoors with BHC trustees Corrie Crupi-Zana and Rick Polityka, along with BHC member and guide, Paul Schuman, as they lead participants on a moderate three-mile hike ascending Mt. Penn and share their historical expertise of the mountain and the well-known Reading landmark of Kuechler's Roost. The William Penn Fire Tower will be open […]

Fall 2022 Road Ramble

Berks History Center invites you, your family, and friends to participate in our Fall 2022 Road Ramble on Saturday, October 22nd! Previous Road Rambles have attracted more than 100 participants. Come join the fun for this full-day multi-generational adventure. The Road Ramble is a self-guided driving tour which allows the Berks History Center to return […]

Ride the Rails in West Virginia

Join the BHC and White Star Tours as we enjoy three days and two nights exploring wild and wonderful West Virginia as it is bursting with colorful fall foliage!  Participants will take an all-day excursion aboard a vintage steam locomotive through Cass Scenic Railroad, and also visit a number of breathtaking sites, including Blackwater Falls […]

Walking in Jackie Kennedy’s Footsteps at Winterthur

Join the BHC and follow the path Jacqueline Kennedy took when she was touring the house at Winterthur in 1961. See the rooms and collections that inspired her to restore the White House as a celebration of American history and craftsmanship. Participants will enjoy a special guided exhibition tour by a Winterthur docent, a stroll […]