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September 2019

Oley Valley Barn Tour: Part II

September 29, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Discover Hidden Barn Treasures in Historic Oley Valley with barn and house historian Greg Huber. Not only will Greg Huber enlighten us with his wealth of knowledge about barns while traveling throughout the Oley Valley but we will also tour the interior of several of the barns as well. Architectural features, building methods and materials utilized will explain the transition from European building styles over hundreds of year to that of early North American Barns to Ground, Sweitzer and Standard…

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November 2019

A Day in Historic Philadelphia

November 1, 2019

Party Like It’s 1776 in Historic Philadelphia Travel to Philadelphia’s Independence Square, Carpenters’ Hall, Museum of the American Revolution with lunch at City Tavern. When was the last time you visited Philadelphia’s Independence Square? This history-packed day starts with a guided tour of Independence Hall where we will walk in the shoes of Thomas Jefferson and others as they debated and adopted the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. Our timed entry guarantees that we’ll avoid…

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December 2019

Christmas in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee

December 1, 2019 - December 6, 2019

JOIN THE BERKS HISTORY CENTER  FOR AN HISTORIC HOLIDAY IN THE SMOKIES NOTE: Date Change - This bus trip was originally scheduled to run December 2-7. However, the dates have changed to December 1-6.  Enjoy six days in Tennessee’s mountain resort city, full of southern culture and country music. The name “Pigeon Forge” comes from an iron forge once located on Little Pigeon River, and the river’s name originates from the flocks of passenger pigeons that once frequented its banks. For centuries, the Cherokee used the valley where Pigeon Forge is located as a hunting ground. Indian Gap Trail brought the first Europeans to the area in the 1700’s with Colonel Samuel Wear becoming its first permanent settler in 1783. Another notable person in Pigeon Forge’s rich history is Dolly Parton, a country music singer and songwriter who has written thousands of songs. Tours the Titanic Museum and Christ in the Smokies Museum & Gardens will also be part of our visit to Tennessee. Another highlight, the Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine Distillery is where we’ll enjoy a tour and tasting along with the beautiful sights of Gatlinburg. This trip is being run with cooperation from White Star Tours. It includes five nights lodging, five breakfasts, three dinners, three Christmas shows and all admissions. Price of the trip does not include bus driver tip. Bus departs the Fecerra’s parking lot, 4701 Penn Avenue (Route 422) in Sinking Spring. $875 Double/$1025 Single Occupancy Click here for more information or to register contact Vicky Heffner, Education Curator, at 610.375.4375 or education@berkshistory.org.

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Off to the Races!

December 20, 2019

Celebrate the Holidays with Historic Tours Full of Cheer with One Mansion, One Stable Museum & One Horse Race Track. Belair Mansion offers a look at Maryland’s earliest history. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was built in 1745 for Provincial Governor Samuel Ogle and his wife Anne. Ogle, along with his brother-in-law, Colonel Benjamin Tasker, imported a number of Thoroughbred horses in the hopes of introducing English stock to the colonies to strengthen local race horses.…

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January 2020

Movies & Memories in Queens & Corona with Charlie Adams

January 25, 2020

Get nostalgic at the Museum of the Moving Image at the former Paramount Studios and visit the site of the 1939-40 and 1964-65 World’s Fair, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Enjoy lunch on your own in historic Astoria. Price of the trip does not include bus driver tip. Elite Coach is our transportation provider. Bus departs the Shilling Shopping Center parking lot BEHIND the PA Driver’s License Photo Center at 7:00 am and will return at approximately 8:00 pm. $100 members/$110…

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October 2020

POSTPONED TO SPRING 2021 (date TBD): Pilgrimage to Seneca Falls – Berks Suffrage Centennial 2020

October 14, 2020 - October 16, 2020

   This bus trip was originally scheduled on May 15-17 and had been rescheduled to October 14-16, 2020 due to the concerns with COVID-19. Unfortunately, we will have to continue searching for an alternative date.  Please contact Vicky Heffner at 610-375-4375 for any rescheduling conflicts or additional concerns.  Travel to the Finger Lakes to tour the Women’s Rights Museum NPS in Seneca Falls where the fight to gain the right to vote began and tour the homes of Elizabeth Cady…

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December 2020

*CANCELED* PA German Tour with Lisa Minardi

December 8, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

   This bus trip was originally scheduled on March 29th and has been rescheduled to December 8, 2020 due to the concerns with COVID-19. Please contact Vicky Heffner at 610-375-4375 for any rescheduling conflicts or additional concerns.  Explore PA German folk art at Trappe’s new Center for PA German Studies and enjoy tours of the Henry Muhlenburg House, Dewees Tavern, Speaker’s House, and Daniel Hiester House. Includes lunch at Grace’s Café. Join us for a day-long immersion in Pennsylvania German…

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May 2021

Oley Valley Barn Tour: PART IV

May 22 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Originally scheduled for September 2020, this event will now take place on Saturday, May 22, 2021. Discover Hidden Barn Treasures in Historic Oley Valley!  Greg Huber, barn and house historian, consultant, owner of Past Perspectives and Eastern Barn Consultants (historic cultural resource companies) AND our guide for the day, will enlighten participants with his wealth of knowledge about barns while traveling throughout the Oley Valley. We will also tour the interior of several of the barns as well. Participants must…

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June 2021

Get Looney in Altooney with Charlie Adams

June 5

  Originally scheduled on June 20, 2020, this bus trip has been rescheduled to June 5, 2021. Please contact Vicky Heffner at 610-375-4375 for any rescheduling conflicts or additional concerns.  Come and experience the Railroader’s Memorial Museum and Horseshoe Curve in Altoona and learn more about the PA Railroad in its glory days. Stop at the Penn State Creamery on the way home. Lunch included. Bus departs the Shillington Shopping Center parking lot BEHIND the PA Driver’s License Photo Center…

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July 2021

The Other Mt. Vernon

July 7 @ 7:00 am - 7:30 pm

  Originally scheduled on March 26, 2020 and this bus trip has been rescheduled to July 7, 2021. Please contact Vicky Heffner at 610-375-4375 for any rescheduling conflicts or additional concerns.  Built for George Washington’s step-granddaughter, Eleanor “Nelly” Parke Custis, Woodlawn is within view of Mt. Vernon. Nearby is the Pope-Leighey House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Cost includes lunch at the Mt. Vernon Inn Restaurant and admission to the 57th Annual Woodlawn Needlework Show and Sale. Lunch will be…

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