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February 2022

Second Saturday Program- Back From Battle: The Forgotten Story of Pennsylvania’s Camp Discharge and Weary Civil War Soldiers It Served

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

Co-authors Jim Remsen and Brad Upp draw from military and medical records, pension files, dairies, memoirs, newspapers, and more to present a rich account of Camp Discharge and the men it housed and helped. Eighty-nine Pennsylvania regiments had men at Camp Discharge, and nine of those regiments recruited in Berks County: the 32nd, 36th, 88th, 107th and 198th Infantries; 2nd and 3rd Cavalries; and 3rd and Durell Artilleries. This presentation will include photographs and accounts of individual soldiers, as well…

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March 2022

Second Saturday Program- First Females in Berks County: Past and Present

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

The Women’s History Alliance continues its Suffrage 2020 Centennial Celebration with a panel discussion of Berks County women who are first in their occupational fields. Guided tours of the BHC’s Museum will be offered following the program. This program will be held in person, inside the BHC Museum Auditorium. The cost of this program is $5 for BHC members and $8 for non-members. The program fee includes admission to the BHC Museum. Fees will be accepted at the door on…

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April 2022

Second Saturday Program- The Early Orphanages of Reading and Berks County

April 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

At the end of the Civil War, Pennsylvania had more orphaned children than most states. Carl Bloss, Archivist Emeritus of Bethany's Children's Home, who previously lectured at the BHC about the Soldier’s Orphans Schools Program (SOS), will speak about the early orphanages of Reading and Berks County from 1729 to 1850, when many orphanages were active. Mr. Bloss will trace the growth and demise of the orphanage system from a Berks County viewpoint. This program will be held in person,…

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May 2022

Second Saturday Program- Before He Was a Catcher or a Spy: Moe Berg’s Year with the 1925 Reading Keys

May 14 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

BHC trustee and baseball historian, Brian Engelhardt, presents a program about Moe Berg, who played shortstop for the Reading Keys before a 15 year major league career as a catcher. Fluent in 10 languages, Berg graduated magna cum laude from Princeton with a degree in modern languages. Following his retirement from baseball, during WWII, he engaged in espionage activity for the Office of Secret Service, predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency. Berg’s career in baseball and thereafter as a spy…

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