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December 2021

Finding Anna Elizabeth Bachman: Mysterious Wife of Nicholas Stoltzfus

December 4, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Join us for this special BHC program! Rosalind J. Beiler, Ph. D., shares how she conducted research to discover the identity of Nicholas Stoltzfus’s wife, Anna Elizabeth Bachman, who immigrated to America in 1766. Until recently, her full name was unknown. Dr. Beiler also explores the role of German-speaking and Anabaptist immigrants to Berks County. This presentation continues the BHC’s Berks Suffrage Centennial Celebration and is being held in connection with the historic Nicholas Stoltzfus Homestead. This program will be…

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Between BOO! and BAH, HUMBUG!- Facebook LIVE Ghost Stories at Christmas with Charles J. Adams III

December 9, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

After the stockings are hung by the chimney with care... BEWARE! Please join us for holiday ghost stories with author and storyteller, Charles J. Adams III. This event will be held on Facebook LIVE at 10:13 AM. Join the event here. Like and follow BHC on Facebook @berkshistory!

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February 2022

Brunch and Brushes with BHC Curator Amber Vroman

February 3 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

The Berks History Center is excited to continue offering our new special program Brunch and Brushes, led by BHC Museum Curator, Amber Vroman. During February and March of 2022, participants will be painting a BRAND NEW design, inspired by the upcoming spring season. Create your own masterpiece while enjoying good conversation and delicious refreshments. This unique event blends history with contemporary art. Participants will receive step-by-step instructions on how to paint a modern version of a traditional PA Dutch tulip…

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March 2022

Brunch and Brushes with BHC Curator Amber Vroman *SOLD OUT*

March 5 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

The Berks History Center is excited to continue offering our new special program Brunch and Brushes, led by BHC Museum Curator, Amber Vroman. During February and March of 2022, participants will be painting a BRAND NEW design, inspired by the upcoming spring season. Create your own masterpiece while enjoying good conversation and delicious refreshments. This unique event blends history with contemporary art. Participants will receive step-by-step instructions on how to paint a modern version of a traditional PA Dutch tulip…

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Krista’s Oval Basket Workshop

March 26 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Join BHC Education Curator, Vicky Heffner, in weaving this one-of-a-kind basket using ¼” flat oval reeds and seagrass, along with a hand-woven handle.  Tickets are $45 for BHC members and $55 for non-members and can be purchased by calling the Berks History Center at 610-375-4375 from Wednesday to Saturday, 9 AM- 3PM. Pre-payment is required. Purchase price includes instructions, basket materials, and light refreshments. In order to prepare the materials for the basket, please bring the following household items: a…

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April 2022

A BHC Members Only Event: Dr. William A. Haman, Berks County’s Master Photographer of the 1890s, Presented by George M. Meiser, IX

April 1 - April 2

Join us for this one-of-a-kind BHC member event honoring the life and works of Dr. William A. Haman! On Friday, April 1, 2022 at 6 PM and Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 5 PM, renowned Berks County historian George M. Meiser, IX will present on the fascinating history and photographic mastery of Reading's Dr. William A. Haman (1861-1942), whose glass plate negatives and glass lantern slides show daily life in Berks County and beyond during the late 1800s. Following the…

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Brunch & Brushes with BHC Curator Amber Vroman

April 14 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

The Berks History Center is excited to continue offering our new special program Brunch and Brushes, led by BHC Museum Curator, Amber Vroman. During April and May of 2022, participants will be painting a BRAND NEW design, inspired by the upcoming summer season. Create your own masterpiece while enjoying good conversation and delicious refreshments. This unique event blends history with contemporary art. Participants will receive step-by-step instructions on how to paint a modern version of a traditional PA Dutch peacock…

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Walk the Spangsville “Loop” with historian Michelle Lynch

April 30 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Historian Michelle Lynch leads a moderate 3+ mile walk along Spangsville Road in Oley while sharing the history of Oley churches, the Oley Forge, artist Frederick Spang, the Oley Turnpike, two covered bridges, Yoder genealogy and more. Participants are asked to please meet in the parking lot at Salem UCC, located at 307 Covered Bridge Road in Oley, at 9:45 AM. This is a moderate walk on roads and will last approximately two hours. Tickets are $5 for BHC members…

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May 2022

Brunch & Brushes with BHC Curator Amber Vroman

May 7 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

The Berks History Center is excited to continue offering our new special program Brunch and Brushes, led by BHC Museum Curator, Amber Vroman. During April and May of 2022, participants will be painting a BRAND NEW design, inspired by the upcoming summer season. Create your own masterpiece while enjoying good conversation and delicious refreshments. This unique event blends history with contemporary art. Participants will receive step-by-step instructions on how to paint a modern version of a traditional PA Dutch peacock…

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Brunch and Brushes with BHC Curator Amber Vroman- *Rescheduled from January 15, 2022*

May 12 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

**Please note, this program is the rescheduled date from the January 15, 2022 Brunch & Brushes** The Berks History Center is excited to offer a new event called Brunch and Brushes, led by our very own BHC Museum Curator, Amber Vroman. Create your own masterpiece while enjoying good conversation and delicious light refreshments! This unique event blends history with contemporary art. Participants will receive step-by-step instructions on how to paint a modern version of the traditional PA Dutch Distelfink while…

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