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September 2019

Faith & Fire

September 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Discover the industrial history of southern Berks with Former BHC Trustee, Evans Goodling, and learn about the men and women who helped to establish Morgantown’s Historic St. Thomas Church, one of Berks County’s earliest churches, and its association with Joanna Furnace. No Tickets Required. All Second Saturday programs are “pay at the door.” $5.00 members, $8.00 non-members. Light Refreshments served at 9:30AM. Off street parking available at 160 Spring Street, Reading. All programs subject to change. Berks History Center is…

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November 2019

The Human Side of War: German POW’s at the Reading Airbase

November 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Discover the compassionate relationships that developed between German POW’s and a Civilian Contractor during WWII when the Reading Airbase maintained a camp for German prisoners of war, who served as workers at the airbase and on the farms around Berks County. Presented by Keith Heberling and Roger Rank. From September, 1944 to February, 1946, the Reading Airbase maintained a camp for German prisoners of war, who served as workers at the airbase and on the farms around Berks County. Several…

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December 2019

From the Historical Society to the BHC: 150 Year of Berks History

December 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Learn about the history of the Berks History Center from its fledgling founding in 1869 as the Historical Society of Berks County to present day. Presented by BHC Trustee, Barry Kauffman. Free admission as a special thank you to all of our supporters over the years. Light Refreshments served at 9:30AM. Off street parking available at 160 Spring Street, Reading. All programs subject to change. Berks History Center is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission

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January 2020

1728: The Year of Fear From Oley to the Tulpehocken

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

Learn how the peaceful relations between William Penn and the Native People were threatened by an armed skirmish between settlers and the “strange Indians” near the Manatawny Creek, the killing of three peaceful Lenape in the Cacossing area, and Sassoonan’s protest against the Tulpehocken Settlement. Presented by Barry Miller. Snow Date: January 18 No Tickets Required. All Second Saturday programs are “pay at the door.” $5.00 members, $8.00 non-members. Light Refreshments served at 9:30AM. Off street parking available at 160…

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February 2020

Freedom-Seekers Turned Freedom-Fighters

February 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Join journalist and author, Jim Remsen as he chronicles the experiences of a group of fugitive slaves who escaped southern bondage, dared to openly build new lives in Pennsylvania, and later returned south to fight for the Union. Journalist and author Jim Remsen will present an illustrated history talk, “Freedom-Seekers Turned Freedom-Fighters,” which chronicles the experiences of a group of fugitive slaves who escaped southern bondage and dared to openly build new lives in the North. Once the Civil War…

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March 2020

CANCELED: Votes for Women: Berks Suffrage 2020 Centennial Kick-Off Event

March 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

To ensure the health and safety of our community, this program has been canceled. We are making arrangement to film the performance of “System Shakers and Barrier Breakers: The Suffragists” to air online at a later date. Kick off the Berks Suffrage 2020 Centennial with women’s historian, Hallie Vaughan, who will portray the influential suffragist, Alice Paul and share the history of the women’s suffrage movement. Following the program, enjoy a theatrical performance of “System Shakers and Barrier Breakers: The Suffragists,” written…

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May 2020

CANCELED: Pennsylvania Iron Masters During the Revolution

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Due to the extended stay at home orders, this event has been canceled. We are working to provide digital programming to replace our regularly scheduled Second Saturday programs. This particular speaker has been rescheduled for 2021. At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, Pennsylvania’s ironworks produced a large percentage of Colonial America’s iron.  The battles of Lexington and Concord were fought in the summer of 1775, and shortly thereafter Pennsylvania began to take measures for the defense of the state.  The…

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Carsonia Park: Digital Second Saturday Program

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Missing BHC Second Saturday? So are we! Thanks to the help of Herbein + Co. and our friend, Paul Druzba, the Berks History Center would like to invite you to our very first digital Second Saturday program! In lieu of our canceled May Second Saturday program, we are giving this digital option a try. We hope that you will join us, as we explore this brave new world together, from the comfort our own homes! Discover the fascinating history behind…

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June 2020

CANCELED: Three Cheers and a Ringgold Tiger!  The First of the First Defenders

June 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Due to the statewide shutdown, this event has been canceled. This program will be rescheduled in 2021. Discover the stories behind the Ringgold Light Artillery before they became the preeminent light artillery company in Eastern Pennsylvania, with Civil War historian, Mark Pflum. No Tickets Required. All Second Saturday programs are “pay at the door.” $5.00 members, $8.00 non-members. Light Refreshments served at 9:30AM. Off street parking available at 160 Spring Street, Reading. All programs subject to change. Berks History Center…

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Shotgun Resistance: Digital Second Saturday Program

June 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Please join us to discover the history of the construction of the Maidencreek Dam and  Lake Ontelaunee between 1925 and 1932. This special digital presentation will explore the crisis in Reading’s water supply that created the need for the project, the drama of the 1927 “Shotgun Rebellion” by local farmers whose land was ultimately under the new lake, plus the accompanying turmoil in Reading City Hall triggered by these events. Nothing like hearing about turmoil in City Hall to stir…

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