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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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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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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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June 2021

No Fat Above the Collar

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

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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