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June 2020

VIRTUAL – BHC Annual Meeting

June 25 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Members Only. Please join us for BHC’s annual meeting and progress report via Zoom. Please join us for Berks History Center's Annual Membership Meeting on June 25, 2020 at 5:30pm. As a member of the Berks History Center your input is crucial to the success of our mission to preserve, educate & inspire. Due to current restrictions related to COVID-19, this year’s Annual Membership Meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. We thank Herbein + Co. for allowing us to…

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August 2020

POSTPONED: HJL Book Club – August 19

August 19 @ 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! August's Book Club has been postponed until the next scheduled meeting on October 21, 2020. The club will be discussing: The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War by A.J. Baime Fee:  $5.00 donation to the Adopt-A-Collection Fund…

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Curbside Celebration of Women’s Suffrage 100th Anniversary

August 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Henry Janssen Library, 160 Spring Street
Reading, PA 19601 United States

The nonpartisan Berks Women’s History Alliance (BWHA) has announced a drive-through celebration of the 100th year anniversary of women achieving the right to vote in America. The event, scheduled from 5:00 to 7:00p.m. (rain or shine) on Women’s Equality Day August 26, 2020, will be held at the Janssen Library parking lot behind the Berks History Center. Janssen Library address is 160 Spring St., 19601. All are welcome to drive-through and pick up a free 100th Women’s Suffrage Anniversary commemorative…

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September 2020

Deeds Not Words: Discovering Our Berks Suffragists

September 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Discover the stories of the Berks County women who worked for the woman suffrage movement locally.  Find out how RACC Associate Dean of Library Services, Mary Ellen Heckman,  used old newspapers and local records to reveal their hard work and personal lives and learn how to use these same techniques to uncover your own ancestors' lives. Click here to register. Mary Ellen Heckman is the Associate Dean of Library Services at Reading Area Community College. Mrs. Heckman is a Phi…

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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 10 @ 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 10th 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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POSTPONED TO SPRING 2021 (date TBD): Pilgrimage to Seneca Falls – Berks Suffrage Centennial 2020

October 14 - October 16

   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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Boscov’s Friends Helping Friends

October 14 - October 15

  On October 14th & 15th, you can help support the Berks History Center by shopping at Boscov's through their Friends Helping Friends event.  The Berks History Center is registered at the Berkshire Mall location, or you can shop online at www.boscovs.com. There is no shopping pass required; just mention us by name at checkout to support the Historical Society of Berks County, and you will save 20% off the lowest sale prices on almost everything.  The Berks History Center…

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HJL Book Club – October 21 – PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

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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Berks History 2020 Road Ramble – SOLD OUT!!!

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

The Berks History 2020 Road Ramble - SOLD OUT!!!   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…

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