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March 2021

German Heritage & Heirlooms: Discover How Your Story Matters

March 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Once again Heinz History Center and "Unlock Your History" join the BHC in this second joint archival workshop that explores hand-written documents, heirlooms, genealogy, transcription and history to demonstrate the importance of your personal story. Anyone can decipher hidden clues within documents found in your attic. This workshop will provide guidance about where to get more help as well as options to care for those artifacts.   This event will be hosted on Zoom. Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QHsXYBDIQrm2WwDFCuXeZA

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April 2021

“Help Yourself and God Will Help You” – The Birth, Life & Death of the C.S.S. Alabama

April 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

"Help Yourself and God Will Help You" was stamped in French in bronze letters on the ships' wheel of the Confederate Raider, CSS Alabama. This program will focus on the intrigue and characters in the birth of the ship and its eventual campaign of destruction, and it's very interesting connection to another famous American. Register now to join us for this compelling presentation given by Joe Schaeffer, Charter Member and Former President of the Berks County First Defenders Civil War…

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George Washington Sat Here, Honest: Proving (and Debunking) Berks County Artifact Legends through Provenance Research

April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The BHC collection includes a surprising array of artifacts with fantastic, unbelievable stories attached to them. Join Bradley Smith, former Curator of the BHC, as he discusses his favorite Berks County legend. Currently he is the Program Director at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, in Harrisburg, PA, and an adjunct History Professor at Alvernia University in Reading, PA.   This event is free to the public and will take place on Zoom. Pre-registration required. You can register using this link:…

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May 2021

House Blessing Inscriptions: A Pennsylvania Dutch Tradition of Establishment

May 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

This presentation, given by Patrick Donmoyer, Director of the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University, features a survey of architectural stone inscriptions and date plaques, with parallels found in written and printed blessings used in the home. A wide range of German-language blessing inscriptions ranging from Berks, Lebanon, and Lehigh will be explained, each with an English-language equivalent, as well as their biblical and historical significance. The history of these inscriptions is traced through the building and stone-carving…

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Spring ’21 Road Ramble

May 15 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Berks County, PA

The Berks History Center (BHC) invites you, your family, and friends to participate in our 2021 Spring Road Ramble on Saturday, May 15, 2021! The Road Ramble is a self guided driving tour which allows the BHC to return to its past when Mystery Road Rambles were held in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Tickets are $35/car for BHC Members and $45/car for non-members. Starting at the Berks History Center, 940 Centre Ave, Reading, PA, participants can ramble along…

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Reading Through the Eyes of Reading Eagle Photographer John Tenschert

May 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Berks History Center Trustee, Rick Polityka, as he explores the many historic structures in Reading with photos taken by John Tenschert while working for the Eagle and Pomeroys during the mid-twentieth century.   This event is free to the public and will take place on Zoom. Pre-registration required. You can register using this link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__8BVFjvjRnyYOAk_4ZOMYw  

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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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No Fat Above the Collar

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

Historian Michael Shay discusses the life and career of Lt. General Hunter Ligget, a Berks County Native son, who rose through the ranks to lead the First Army, AEF in World War One.   This event will be hosted on Zoom. Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RYa0tCMESNCGb3US56m79A  

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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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