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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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Boscov’s Friends Helping Friends

October 14, 2020 - October 15, 2020

  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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October 21, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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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November 2020

*SOLD OUT* Hike Through History

November 7, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Explore Reading’s other famous resort mountain, Neversink, on a guided hiking tour led by Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club member, Paul Schumann, and author, Paul Druzba. We will be meeting at 10th and South Streets. *For those who joined us for September's Hike Through History, we will be hiking the other side of the mountain, learning about the resorts located there.   $5 members/$8 non-members. Pre-purchase required. Call 610-375-4375 to register.

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The 18th Century Reading Amish Congregation & The Nicholas Stoltzfus Homestead

November 14, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Did you know that there were Amish in Reading back in the 1700s? Have you ever wondered what happened to them? For answers to your questions, tune in to this lecture by Nic Stoltzfus, a descendant of one of the Amish families who lived in Reading in the late 1700s. His lecture will focus on the Stoltzfus family, their immigration journey from Germany to Pennsylvania, and their move to Berks County; he will also talk about the Nicholas Stoltzfus Homestead in Wyomissing…

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December 2020

German Transcription Workshop with the Heinz History Center

December 4, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Berks History Center, along with Heinz History Center and Unlock Your History come together on Zoom to bring you an educational and engaging Germanic transcription workshop. Discover Pennsylvania German history, brush up on your German, see artifacts from Berks History Center's museum collection, and share your own family heirlooms and stories. Register now using the link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AW5Rj2oITxi6PveBviwfGA   9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: Attendees sign-in and get online, plus time to mingle 10:00 a.m. - 10:05 a.m.: BHC Welcome 10:05…

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*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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Christmas on Penn Street: A Photographic History

December 12, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Take a nostalgic, virtual "walk" down Penn Street with Berks History Center Trustee and volunteer, Richard Polityka. Enjoy the images of "Old Reading" and remember Penn Street as it was on Christmas years ago with a photographic history. (Photo by Ben Hasty, courtesy of the Reading Eagle) This is a free event to attend, but please consider a donation to the Berks History Center! Make a donation by clicking here! Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iIBB7uqKR9KyleGihd-RTQ

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January 2021

Neversink: Reading’s Other Mountain

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

Local Historian Paul Druzba tells the story of the "resort years" on Neversink from 1890-1930, a time which saw the building of an eight-mile water-powered electric railway on the mountain, as well as several fantastic resort hotels and recreation areas. This is a follow-up presentation to two hikes of Neversink Mountain during the fall of 2020. Those who did not attend the hikes are welcome to attend.   This event will be hosted on Zoom. Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TPe0NZLDTgqDq25DJutr1Q

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