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January 2021

America’s Roots & Folk Music: The History, Myths and Lore

January 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

During this one hour broadcast, local musician and entertainer, Dave Kline, presents a fascinating look into the legacy of songwriters, musicians and the situations that helped them connect with a worldwide audience. Participants are encouraged to tune in and interact during the live concert by asking questions and leaving comments using the chat feature.   This is a free event that will take place on Zoom. Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_u2Frfe-DSMWOJw9XZzcMgA   Please consider making a donation to Berks History Center to…

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February 2021

The Same Principle Lives in Us: People of African Descent in the American Revolution

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

American Revolutionaries struggled with a key question: would the words of the Declaration of Independence, that “all men are created equal,” apply to all people?” From the outbreak of the Revolution, people of African descent asked and answered this question through their words and actions. In this talk, hear the stories and explore the objects that we use at the Museum to help imagine what the Revolution was like for Phillis Wheatley, Elizabeth Freeman, James Forten, Harry Washington and others.…

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March 2021

Problems That Confronted the First Women Jurors in Berks County

March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Trustee, author, and retired attorney Brian Engelhardt, Esq., explores the difficulties that female jurors faced despite the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in 1920. Legislation in PA guaranteed jury service to women; however, getting their names on the jury roll proved monumental. It was not nearly as challenging as finding the ladies room within the existing courthouse, as there were none - talk about problems.   This event will be hosted on Zoom.…

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