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November 2021

Remembrances of the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion

November 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

BHC welcomes historian Ed Matten, as he chronicles his visit to Normandy in June of 2019 by presenting two videos along with discussion. In addition, Ed will share interviews of WWII veterans, recordings from General Eisenhower, old stills, guided tours by experts of this momentous historical event, and the very moving ceremony held with President Trump and President Macron in the Colleville-sur-Mer cemetery. This program will be held in person, inside the BHC Museum Auditorium. The cost of this program…

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December 2021

From Penn’s Common to City Park with Rick Polityka

December 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Trustee Richard Polityka explores the establishment of Penn’s Common in 1749 by Richard and Thomas Penn as public commons, or a place for “public recreation.”  However, County Commissioners, starting in 1800, permitted three major intrusions, the water-works, the prison grounds and the fairgrounds. This program illustrates the many changes to the park and its many current attractions including monuments, memorials and the Bandshell. This program will be held in person, inside the BHC Museum Auditorium. The cost of this program…

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January 2022

Twisted: Mindful Pretzel Consumption

January 8, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Great-great-granddaughter of Julius Sturgis, author Jill Marie Thomas, presents the history of America’s oldest commercial pretzel bakery (c. 1861), which started in Lititz with their modern factory now located in Reading. With access to the Sturgis family baking industry archives, this program includes the progression of baking through the decades from the hand-twisting days to the current extrusion methods, and includes a hands-on opportunity for participants to give twisting a pretzel a try. This program will be held in person,…

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