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September 2020

Barn Tour – Part III

September 27 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 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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October 2020

CANCELLED: 4 Centuries in Berks Historic Property Tour

October 10 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Berks History Center's 14th annual 4 Centuries in Berks Historic Property Tour has been cancelled due to concerns with COVID-19. We have new and adventurous outdoor event coming soon!    

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More Than Just Mrs.: The Importance of Women in Family History

October 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Often people researching their family history focus on male relatives or see female ancestors as appendages to their husbands.  This presentation will discuss how researching the women in your family tree--mothers, aunts, grandmothers, etc.--can help you better understand your family's heritage.  Please join us on Saturday, October 11th at 10 AM   Click here to register for the program:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vZ2bcVIHRzuuIHx2sPgd1g Dr. Karen Guenther is a native of Berks County and currently is a Professor of History at Mansfield University.  She…

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Pilgrimage to Seneca Falls – Berks Suffrage Centennial 2020

October 14 - October 17

   This bus trip was originally scheduled on May 15-17 and has been rescheduled to October 14-16, 2020 due to the concerns with COVID-19. 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 Stanton and Harriet Tubman. The Berks History Center along with the…

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HJL Book Club – October 21

October 21 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Henry Janssen Library, 160 Spring Street
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Join the Club! Read, learn and discuss fascinating historical books with other #berkshistorybuffs. You don’t need to be a member to join the discussion. Please bring a $5 donation and your dinner to enjoy! October's book is TDA. Fee:  $5.00 donation to the Adopt-A-Collection Fund You do not need to be a member of the Berks History Center to join the discussion. We will provide beverages.  We kindly ask that you bring a brown bag dinner.   Click here for more…

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CANCELLED: Members Only Autumn Mixer & Behind the Scenes Tour

October 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

This event will be rescheduled as soon as it is safe and permissible by state mandates. Please join us for a special members-only cocktail hour  & behind-the scenes tour of the museum. Free for Members. Please RSVP. Call 610-375-4375 or email elise@berkshistory.org Click here for more information about membership to the Berks History Center.

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Berks History 2020 Road Ramble

October 24 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
$35.00

The Berks History 2020 Road Ramble   The Berks History Center (BHC) invites you to participate in our Berks History 2020 Road Ramble on October 24, 2020! In an effort to keep our audience safe, the BHC decided to postpone its annual Four Centuries in Berks Historic Property Tour in favor of an event during which social distancing is possible. The BHC returns to its past to revisit Mystery Road Rambles that were held in the late 1980s and early…

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December 2020

PA German Tour with Lisa Minardi

December 8 @ 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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March 2021

The Other Mt. Vernon

March 11, 2021 @ 7:00 am - 7:30 pm

Originally scheduled on March 26, 2020 and this bus trip has been rescheduled to March 11, 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 a…

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June 2021

Get Looney in Altooney with Charlie Adams

June 5, 2021

  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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