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Berks County Genealogical Society

The Berks County Genealogical Society is a non-profit corporation established in 1980. We are located in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Our purpose is to collect, preserve and disseminate genealogical data. We are staffed entirely by volunteers and our membership is open to anyone with an interest in genealogy.

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GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington Street, Room 413
Reading, PA 19601

Berks County Heritage Center

The Berks County Heritage Center is a historical interpretive complex commemorating important eras of our cultural history. The Gruber Wagon Works, a National Historic Landmark, the C. Howard Hiester Canal Center, Wertz's Covered Bridge, Melcher's Grist Mill, Deppen Cemetery, Bicentennial Eagle Memorial, Police and Veteran's Memorial, Doctor's Grove, the Distlefink and a salad and herb garden are all encompassed within the Heritage Center.

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1102 Red Bridge Rd., Off Rt. 183
Reading, PA 19605

Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles

The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles houses dozens of automobiles, trucks, and motorcycles that were manufactured in Southeastern Pennsylvania while the industry was still in its infancy. Prior to that time, the region produced multitudes of horse-drawn vehicles, of which many examples can be found at the Museum. The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles is located in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, approximately 35 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Discover rare and handsome vehicles you have never seen before and won't find anywhere else. Trace the history-making evolution of road transportation into tomorrow's high tech solutions; investigate engines, steering, lighting, and brake developments. See vehicles of all types: gas, steam, electric, horse drawn, high wheelers, safety bicycles and motorcycles. Enjoy the 100 beautiful color plates in the Gallery of the American Automobile by Clarence Hornung. Learn about the electric powered cars of tomorrow in an exhibit of more than one hundred years of EV development. Explore the region's vehicle building history. The names of "Fleetwood", "Duryea", "Daniels", and other early automotive giants will become a part of your lexicon. Shop for books, auto items and gifts in the Museum Store.

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85 S. Walnut Street
Boyertown, PA 19512

Central PA African-American Museum

The mission of the Central PA African-American Museum is to establish, preserve and maintain a collection of objects, artifacts, arts, papers, books, photographs, etc. that document and describe the history and culture of African Americans in the new World, with an emphasis on our local and regional (Reading, Berks and surrounding counties) African American history and culture, and to create an appropriate environment for exhibition of the collection, to foster understanding of the history and culture of Africans in the New World, and to encourage education and research. The mission of the museum also includes the preservation of the Underground Railroad located on the lower level of the Old Bethel A.M.E. Church in Reading, Pennsylvania

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Old Bethel, African Methodist Episcopal Church, 119 N. 10th Street
Reading, PA 19601

Golden Age Air Museum

At the foot of the Blue Mountain ridge in scenic Berks County Pennsylvania, the hands of time have been turned back to the days of Barnstormers. The Golden Age Air Museum is a living museum dedicated to preserving aviation's golden past. The "Golden Age of Aviation" is the two decades between the great world wars, the roaring 1920s and the fabulous 1930s. The museum's concentration is this glorious time that included the birth of the barnstormer, airmail, flying circuses and the first airlines. The museum also features displays of automobiles and aircraft from man's first desire to fly up through the 1940s.

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371 Airport Road
Bethel, PA 19507

Historical Society of Berks County

The mission of the Historical Society of Berks County is to focus attention on the unique local history, the vast material culture, and the diverse cultural heritage of Berks County by preserving, archiving, and promoting this material to instill in our citizens of all ages and ethnic groups an awareness of this growing treasure trove of information. This allows the HSBC to be a major cultural magnet, drawing people to our community.

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940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601

Kutztown Area Historical Society

The Kutztown Area Historical Society (KAHS) was formed in 1974-75 and incorporated in 1976 as one of the first regional historical societies in Berks County. Responding to the American Bicentennial and recognizing the need for a local history resource and repository beyond the auspices of the venerable Historical Society of Berks County, founded in 1869, our society's founding members created an organization to serve northeastern Berks, comprised by theschool districts Kutztown, Brandywine Heights, and Fleetwood. On February 27, 1979, the KAHS purchased the 1892 Public School Building from the Kutztown Area School District. This late Victorian marvel, on the National Register of Historic Places, houses the society's museum and administrative offices. Our museum showcases many artifacts and photographs from the Kutztown area. Our non-circulating library holds many historical publications and is a great source for local historians. The building is also used for activities throughout the year. The most popular event is our Annual Holiday Festival, which is held on the second weekend in November. Regularly scheduled activities include our Monthly Program Specials (third Wednesdays) and the Ten O'Clock Scholars program in April. The Society also sponsors other special events such as quilt and art shows, open houses, trick-or-treat nights, and special exhibitions relating to specific aspects of local and regional history. Tours of the building can be taken, and library research arranged, during any of our events or by appointment.

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Whiteoak St. & Normal Ave.
Kutztown, PA 19530

Mid Atlantic Air Museum

The Mid Atlantic Air Museum was organized to ensure the professional stewardship of a collection that reflects the history of aviation and to enhance the public's appreciation and understanding of that history. The Museum's collection emphasizes the Mid-Atlantic region's unique contribution to flight' but is broad enough to chronicle a general history of aviation, including military aviation. The Museum's collections are accounted and cared for according to established museum practices. Historically accurate aircraft restoration and limited demonstration flying are special missions undertaken by the Museum. Interpretation of the collection is broad, with artifacts being exhibited in a context that reflects not only the history of the object itself, but also the evolution of technology and the cultural environment in which it was used. Public programs encourage participation by a diverse audience through imaginative, entertaining, as well as educational exhibits, lectures, demonstrations, and special events. The Museum is proud of its role as aspecialty history museum serving the Mid-Atlantic region and the nation.

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11 Museum Drive
Reading, PA 19605

PA German Cultural Heritage Center

The PA German Cultural Heritage Center is a non-profit organization that serves the Pennsylvania German community. The museum and cultural center strives to preserve and promote the Pennsylvania German Culture.

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22 Luckenbill Road
Kutztown, PA 19530

Reading Public Museum

The mission of the Reading Public Museum, a dynamic center of lifelong learning and discovery, is to educate, enlighten and engage current and future generations through the collection, preservation and interpretation of objects of art, science and civilization.

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500 Museum Road
Reading, PA 19611

Reading Public Museum

The mission of the Reading Public Museum, a dynamic center of lifelong learning and discovery, is to educate, enlighten and engage current and future generations through the collection, preservation and interpretation of objects of art, science and civilization.

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500 Museum Road
Reading, PA 19611

Reading Railroad Heritage Museum

The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum, located in Hamburg, PA, is owned and operated by the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society, a non-profit corporation dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the Reading Railroad. Open to the public since 2008, the Museum tells the story of the Reading Railroad, one of the world's largest corporations, made even more famous by the game of MONOPOLY. Currently in the initial stages of development, the Museum features vintage railroad cars and locomotives, photographs, documents and artifacts from the Reading Railroad.The Museum is open on Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm, and on Sundays from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

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500 South Third Street
Hamburg, PA 19526

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