Interpretive Programs

We offer a series of programs and workshops starting in February through December. These programs are free unless otherwise indicated. For more information, or to register for a workshop, please call the Berks County Heritage Center at 610-374-8839.


 Interpretive Programs


Sunday, Sept. 18th                                 

Friendship, Fraktur & Signature Quilts                                2:00 p.m.                            Heritage Center
Quilting came into its own by the mid-nineteenth century. It is these latter quilts that Del-Louise Moyer, noted 18th and 19th century American and German cultural historian will feature in her PowerPoint illustrated talk.




Friday, September 23
Indian Stories and Dances by the Campfire                         6:30 p.m.       Heritage Center
Dave “Big Owl” McSurdy returns to share nature stories told by the Native Americans as we sit around the campfire. We’ll learn to dance to the beat of the drum as we participate in songs. Bring chairs and blankets. Co-sponsored with Spring Township Parks & Recreation Dept


Saturday, Sept. 24th
Preserving Our Herbal Harvest                        10:00 a.m.                                        Heritage Center
Join Pat Magala, Master Gardner and PA Heartland Herb Society member, to learn ways to preserve herbs for use in the winter. Make an herbal butter and vinegar.
Cost: $10. Call 610-3748839. Registration and pre-payment (payable to instructor) Deadlline: 9/14


Saturday, Sept. 24                              
Lenni Lenape Famliy Day                                                 11:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.                         Angora Fruit Farm

Learn about the indigenous peoples who were living in our area before European settlement. The Lenape people were the first environmentalists, living sustainably off the land and ensuring their future by their thoughtful everyday practices. Tour a 'Three Sisters Garden', make natural cordage, and watch flint knapping firsthand. Geared towards families with children 5+.

FREE. Pre-registration required - Call 484-509-2667, ext. 3 or


Saturday, Sept. 24th
Solar Watch                                              2:00 p.m.                                              Heritage Center
Join the Berks Astronomical Society as they teach visitors about the sun. Get a chance to view the sun through specially designed lenses on telescopes. All ages are welcome!


Saturday, Sept. 24                                        
  CANCELLED - Historical Walking Tour of Kernsville Dam                                10:00 am                Kernsville Dam Recreation Area- Monument Parking Lot


Sunday, Sept. 25th
History on the Move in Shoemakersville PA                   2:00 p.m.                                          Heritage Center
History has changed in Shoemakersville since its founding in 1765 by brothers Henry and Charles Shoemaker. However, history has a way of being forgotten or even disappearing. Come and experience a PowerPoint program about Shoemakersville presented by Heritage Center volunteer Robert Noecker.


Saturday, October 1st
Take Your Kid Mountain Biking Day     1:00 p.m.                                             BAMBA Parking lot on List Rd. by Camp Lily
Bring your children along for a fun-filled family day of mountain biking on Mount Penn's best trails! You can help pass your passion for pedaling on to those that matter the most: your kids. Take part in this internationally recognized outdoor event sponsored by the Berks Area Mountain Biking Association and enjoy the early fall scenery and sights along the Mt. Penn trails. Bring our mountain bike and helmet.
FREE - Registration required by Sept. 26. Call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 to register.

Saturday, October 8

Sewing Circle                                                 10:00 a.m.                            Heritage Center
Join us in our monthly gathering for an old-fashioned  sewing circle. Each person should bring a project of their own to work on, whether it’s sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting, crocheting etc. This month’s topic: History of needles, threads, safety pins, etc.

Sunday, October 9                                    

Orienteering with DVOA        11:00 am            Antietam Lake Park- Angora Fruit Farm Parking lot.
Orienteering is an outdoor navigation sport, where participants use a topographical map and compass to find waypoints along a plotted course.  It's a sport for any age; beginners are always welcome and we provide instruction at all events. Join members of the Delaware Valley Orienteering Association, for a day in the woods. Map fee day of event.  Registration required by Oct. 3rd. Please call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611 to register.


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