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April 2019

THE CROWN at Winterthur

April 2, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Explore the dramatized history and costume design of Emmy-winning Netlflix series, The Crown, in the “Costuming THE CROWN” exhibit along with a special tour of the House Museum and a narrated tram ride of the gardens at Winterthur. Bus departs the Shillington Shopping Center BEHIND the PA Driver’s License Photo Center at 8:00 am and will return at approximately 5:30 pm. Click here for more information. Contact Vicky Heffner at 610.375.4375 or education@berkshistory.org to register.

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June 2019

Charlie, DC and Catacombs, Oh My!

June 1, 2019

Join Charlie Adams on a visit to the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land and enjoy free time at the National Mall in Washington, DC. $95 Members/$105 Non-Members Click here for more information. Contact Vicky Heffner at 610.375.4375 or education@berkshistory.org to register.

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Hot Air Balloon Festival in Vermont

June 13, 2019 - June 16, 2019

Explore the beautiful Green Mountains and visit the Quechee Hot Air Balloon Festival, Woodstock, Shelbourne Museum, Vermont Teddy Bear Company, and learn how to make maple syrup at Sugarbush Farms. This trip is being run in cooperation with White Star Tours and includes lodging, breakfasts, and dinners. Price of the trip does not include bus driver tip. Bus departs the Fecerra’s parking lot, located at 4701 Penn Avenue (Route 422) in Sinking Spring. $675 Double/$800 Single Click here for more…

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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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