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Berks History Center’s Popular Second Saturday Programs Go Digital This Weekend

By Berks History Center

May 08, 2020

The Berks History Center (BHC) is pleased to present their first digital Second Saturday program, this Saturday, May 9,2020 at 10:00 am. A reinvention of the BHC’s signature once-a-month history presentations, the new digital format will provide the same familiar experience to their dedicated program attendees in the comfort of their own homes.

 Digital Second Saturdays are open to the general public will be hosted live on Zoom. Thanks to the help of Herbein + Co. and local historian, Paul Druzba, the BHC will launch their first digital history program as a test run for future online programming. This Saturday’s program, which explores the history of Carsonia Park, is free to registered attendees. The BHC hopes to learn from this initial experience to build their capacity for digital programming and generate new “contact-free” income streams while reaching a wider audience.

 “We are working diligently to creatively meet the demands of our ‘new normal,'” says Executive Director, Benjamin Neely. “As we develop new socially-distanced educational experiences, digital programming is one of many avenues that we are exploring to continue to serve our community.”

 Join the Berks History Center this Saturday, May 9th at 10:00am to discover the fascinating history behind one of Berks County’s most memorable lost treasures, Carsonia Park, with author and historian, Paul Druzba. 

 To attend, visit to register. Once registered, attendees will receive a link to the digital program, which will go live on Saturday, May 9th at 10am. 

 The BHC’s Second Saturday programs and other educational programming such as school tours, workshops, special cultural events, history walks, and bus trips, account for a significant portion of the organization’s revenue, which has been gravely impacted by COVID-19.

 Currently closed to the public as ordered by Governor Tom Wolf and the PA Department of Health, the BHC has continued its operations remotely, employing all staff for the duration of the shut-down. Although many day-to-day roles involve interacting with visitors, the BHC quickly re-strategized after closing in March and has developed creative ways to continue serving their community in a time of need.


For more information, please contact Alexis Campbell at [email protected].

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