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March 2020

CANCELED: The Justice Bell Story & the Pennsylvania Women’s Suffrage Movement

March 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

This event has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. In 1915, the Justice Bell travelled on a flatbed truck to all 67 counties in the state of Pennsylvania with its clapper stabilized, not to ring until women were given the right to vote. This year, on the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the Justice Bell will ring loudly when it is at the Berks History Center. Discover the untold story of how a bronze bell became a celebrated…

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April 2020

CANCELED: Binsa Graw Egg Workshop

April 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

This workshop has been canceled. The binsa graws needed for this craft is only available in the spring, therefore this workshop will be rescheduled in the spring 2021. If you are registered for this event, Education Curator, Vicky Heffner will be in touch with you. She can also be reached at education@berkshistory.org. Learn how PA Germans once used the “pith” of binsa graws (meadow rush) to decorate eggs at Easter time. Includes instruction and materials. $20 Members/$25 Non-Members. Registration Required.…

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CANCELED: 5th Annual Berks History Conference

April 4 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

This event has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. Lunch provided. Cost: $25 Students/ $50 Members / $60 Non-Members / $90 for Admission and a Membership to the Berks History Center ($10 savings on individual level membership) Call 610-375-4375 to register or send your check and registration form to Berks History Center: 940 Centre Ave. Reading, PA 19601 Conference Topics & Speakers: Problems That Confronted the First Women Jurors in Berks County Brian Engelhardt, Esq. Although passage of the 19th…

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CANCELED: HJL Book Club – April 15

April 15 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Henry Janssen Library, 160 Spring Street
Reading, PA 19601 United States

The April 15th meeting of the HJL Book Club has been canceled. The book "The Arsenal of Democracy" will be discussed at the next meeting scheduled on June 17, 2020. 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!   In April we will be discussing The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic…

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CANCELED: Berks History Express: History & Wine on the Allentown & Auburn Railroad

April 25 @ 2:00 am - 5:00 pm
Allentown and Auburn Railroad, 232 Railroad St,
Kutztown,, PA 19530

To ensure the safety of our community this event has been canceled. We plan to reschedule this train excursion in spring 2021. If you purchased tickets to this event you are entitled to a full refund and will receive an email about the refund process. If you have any questions, please contact Vicky Heffner at education@berkshistory.org All Aboard the Berks History Express! Ride the Rails of History with the Berks History Center on the Allentown & Auburn Roadroad. Enjoy wine tastings…

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CANCELED: Walpurgisnacht: “May Eve” A Cross-Quarter Day

April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This event has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict. It may be rescheduled in the future. Join Charlie Adams for a twilight visit to Witchcraft Road and “Witches Hill” and uncover how this folkloric tradition migrated from the dark mountains of Europe to the hills of Pennsylvania. This driving tour takes place in Virginville. Pre-purchase Required. $20 Members/ $25 Non-Members. Call 610-375-4375 to register. Meeting locations will be given upon purchase.

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May 2020

CANCELED: Krista’s Oval Basket Workshop

May 2 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

To ensure the safety of our community this event has been canceled. We plan to reschedule this workshop in spring 2021. If you registered for this event you are entitled to a full refund and will be contacted directly. If you have any questions, please contact Vicky Heffner at education@berkshistory.org Learn how to weave a unique basket with a handmade handle with Education Curator, Vicky Heffner. Materials included. $45 Members/$55 Non-Members. Call Vicky Heffner at 610-375-4375 to register. Off street…

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CANCELED: Homeschool Day

May 7 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Due to the extended stay at home orders, this event has been canceled. We plan to schedule another Homeschool Day in the fall of this year. Contact education@berkshistory.org for more information.  Learn & play at the BHC museum with special guided tours & hands-on student activities. Reservations Required. Tour begins at 11am. Call 610-375-4375. Admission: $10 for parent and student with additional students costing $3.00 per child. Call Education Curator, Vicky Heffner to reserve your space. Call 610-375-4375

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CANCELED: Pennsylvania Iron Masters During the Revolution

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States

Due to the extended stay at home orders, this event has been canceled. We are working to provide digital programming to replace our regularly scheduled Second Saturday programs. This particular speaker has been rescheduled for 2021. At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, Pennsylvania’s ironworks produced a large percentage of Colonial America’s iron.  The battles of Lexington and Concord were fought in the summer of 1775, and shortly thereafter Pennsylvania began to take measures for the defense of the state.  The…

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Carsonia Park: Digital Second Saturday Program

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Missing BHC Second Saturday? So are we! Thanks to the help of Herbein + Co. and our friend, Paul Druzba, the Berks History Center would like to invite you to our very first digital Second Saturday program! In lieu of our canceled May Second Saturday program, we are giving this digital option a try. We hope that you will join us, as we explore this brave new world together, from the comfort our own homes! Discover the fascinating history behind…

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