Share YOUR Local History with #MyBerksHistory!


#MyBerksHistory is a collaborative, community “oral history” project between the Berks History Center and BCTV inviting all those across Berks County to upload videos and photos sharing their local history through BCTV’s SoLo app. You may choose to upload a story using one of our suggested prompts or an original idea! Stories can be from the past or present; the only criteria being that they represent the local history of Berks County. Photo submissions should include written text explaining the photo’s significance.


Here’s a few story starters to get you going…

  • Do you have an interesting story related to Berks County that you would like to share?
  • Do you have any antiques or family heirlooms from Berks County? Take a photo and tell us about it!
  • Do you have a family tradition? Tell us the story behind it!
  • Do you have a family recipe? Share your recipe!
  • What’s your favorite childhood memory from growing up in Berks County?
  • What is your favorite thing about living in Berks County (past or present)?
  • Does your family have a long history of living in Berks County? Share your family story!
  • Do you have a famous ancestor who was originally from or spent time in Berks County?
  • How do you stay connected with your family history in Berks County?
  • Are you researching your family history in Berks County? Have you found anything interesting?
  • Where is your favorite place in Berks County? Share a photo/video and tell us why!
  • Does your family own (or used to own) a business in Berks County? Tell us about it!
  • If you’re new to Berks County, tell us why you moved here!
  • Do you work in Berks County? Tell us what you do here!
  • Do you volunteer in Berks County? Tell us where you volunteer!
  • What is something new you recently learned about Berks County that impacts YOU?
  • How do you make a difference in your Berks community?
  • Do you attend college in Berks County? Tell us what you’re studying, where you go to school, and why you chose that college!
  • Do you have a favorite historical figure from Berks County? Who are they?

Click here for an example of what to share about #MyBerksHistory

We encourage you to include the hashtag #myberkshistory with your text description in your uploads on So·Lo. Also use #myberkshistory when sharing your published So·Lo stories to your social media. Click here for detailed instructions on how to use So·Lo. 

Story submissions will be featured on BCTV.org; select submissions will be shared on the Berks History Center’s Facebook page. Each month a “monthly favorite” will be highlighted on Berks History Center’s program on BCTV, airing the first Wednesday of every month.

The So·Lo app is free to download on Apple and Android devices. So·Lo is also available on a desktop computer without downloading the app; you just have to create a user profile. Click here to learn more about using So·Lo.