Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County announces 3rd Saturday Summer Programs

The Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County has announced its 3rd Saturday Summer Programs list, which is planned for Saturday, May 20, June 18, & July 16.

3rd Saturday Programs offer site-wide programs May through September, program begins at the White Horse Inn unless otherwise noted. Suggested donation $2/person. All proceeds benefit the Trust.

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Revolutionary Refugees at Reading May 20, 2023 at 11am. Using excerpts from period diaries, letters, and other sources, Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County board member Michelle Lynch will tell the story of Philadelphia’s premier families as they prepared for evacuation to Reading in September 1777. As the British advanced toward Philadelphia in mid-September 1777, they loaded wagons with pricey furnishings and trunks of expensive clothes, fine silverware and other luxury goods, and set out with their slaves and servants for the fledgling town of Reading. Michelle has been writing for the Reading Eagle since 2012. She is a former editor of the Historical Review of Berks County, the quarterly journal of the Berks History Center, and a former historic preservation specialist for the city of Reading. Michelle holds a BA from Roger Williams University.

Archaeology Exhibit and Meet & Greet June 17, 2023 from 10am – 2pm. Join the Chapter 21 Archaeologists in Morlatton Village to learn more about the archaeological discoveries made on-site. Visitors can view an exhibit in the Michael Fulp House which will include artifacts found in the excavations at the Morlatton Village site during the past 10 years. These include Native American points and implements; iron tools, nails, and other early blacksmith-industry products; pottery, porcelain, glass and other old household utility items; and coins and buttons. Visitors may also observe the ongoing “digs” and the processing of recent finds around the Mouns Jones House.

A Lenape Homecoming at Pennsbury Manor July 15, 2023 at 11am. In the 17th century, with the stroke of a pen, William Penn became the largest single landholder in England. His vision was to have a colony anchored in religious toleration. He began his holy experiment in consultation with the Lenape. Today their descendants include the Delaware and reflect five communities, three in the US and two Canadian. Join Doug Miller and hear how these Federally recognized nations repatriated their ancestral remains and brought them home to the banks of the Delaware, their homeland before Penn. Mr. Miller is the Historic Site Administrator at Pennsbury Manor.

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The HPTBC is a non-profit organization that acquires, preserves, and maintains historically and architecturally significant properties in Berks County, Pennsylvania and educates Berks County and its’ visitors about the role these sites played in Pennsylvania and American history. historicpreservationtrust.org

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