Second Saturday Program- The Early Orphanages of Reading and Berks County

Berks History Center 940 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA

At the end of the Civil War, Pennsylvania had more orphaned children than most states. Carl Bloss, Archivist Emeritus of Bethany's Children's Home, who previously lectured at the BHC about the Soldier’s Orphans Schools Program (SOS), will speak about the early orphanages of Reading and Berks County from 1729 to 1850, when many orphanages were […]

Brunch & Brushes with BHC Curator Amber Vroman

Berks History Center 940 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA

The Berks History Center is excited to continue offering our new special program Brunch and Brushes, led by BHC Museum Curator, Amber Vroman. During April and May of 2022, participants will be painting a BRAND NEW design, inspired by the upcoming summer season. Create your own masterpiece while enjoying good conversation and delicious refreshments. This […]

Walk the Spangsville “Loop” with historian Michelle Lynch

Historian Michelle Lynch leads a moderate 3+ mile walk along Spangsville Road in Oley while sharing the history of Oley churches, the Oley Forge, artist Frederick Spang, the Oley Turnpike, two covered bridges, Yoder genealogy and more. Participants are asked to please meet in the parking lot at Salem UCC, located at 307 Covered Bridge […]

Brunch & Brushes with BHC Curator Amber Vroman

Berks History Center 940 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA

The Berks History Center is excited to continue offering our new special program Brunch and Brushes, led by BHC Museum Curator, Amber Vroman. During April and May of 2022, participants will be painting a BRAND NEW design, inspired by the upcoming summer season. Create your own masterpiece while enjoying good conversation and delicious refreshments. This […]

Brunch and Brushes with BHC Curator Amber Vroman- *Rescheduled from January 15, 2022*

Berks History Center 940 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA

**Please note, this program is the rescheduled date from the January 15, 2022 Brunch & Brushes** The Berks History Center is excited to offer a new event called Brunch and Brushes, led by our very own BHC Museum Curator, Amber Vroman. Create your own masterpiece while enjoying good conversation and delicious light refreshments! This unique […]

Second Saturday Program- Before He Was a Catcher or a Spy: Moe Berg’s Year with the 1925 Reading Keys

Berks History Center 940 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA

BHC trustee and baseball historian, Brian Engelhardt, presents a program about Moe Berg, who played shortstop for the Reading Keys before a 15 year major league career as a catcher. Fluent in 10 languages, Berg graduated magna cum laude from Princeton with a degree in modern languages. Following his retirement from baseball, during WWII, he […]

Oley Valley Barn Tour: Part VI

Discover Hidden Barn Treasures in Historic Oley Valley! During this enriching program, Greg Huber (the Sherlock Holmes of Pennsylvania barns), will share his wealth of knowledge about various Oley Valley barns, their construction, builders, and mysterious etchings. Part VI includes barns that have not been featured on previous tours. Similar to our Fall 2021 tour, […]

BHC Travels to Saratoga Springs with White Star Tours

Join the BHC and White Star Tours as we enjoy four days in the upper region of the Great Appalachian Valley exploring Lake George and its charming surrounding attractions.  Participants will tour various renowned sites, including Lake George, Saratoga Springs, Fort Ticonderoga, Lake Placid, and Prospect Mountain. The cost of the trip is $675/person for […]

Memories of a ByGone Era of the South Mountain Resorts at Wernersville

Berks History Center 940 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA

Historian Paul Miller will share a slide presentation that details the history of the health resorts that once existed on South Mountain near Wernersville and covers their history in vintage historical photographs from beginning to demise.  Included is Grand View, Walter's Park/South Mountain Manor, Sunset Hall, The Preston, Galen Hall, Bynden Wood, Highland House, The […]

Summer Sunflower Basket Workshop

Berks History Center 940 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA

Join BHC Education Curator, Vicky Heffner, in creating this unique, contemporary and decorative basket in the oak tradition of weaving. Tickets are $45/BHC Member and $55/Non-Member and can be purchased by calling the Berks History Center at 610-375-4375 from Wednesday to Saturday, 9 AM- 3 PM.  Please note that space is limited to facilitate social […]