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Berks Heritage Council Announces Berks History Day Event

Story written by Bradley Smith

Berks Heritage Council Announces Berks History Day Event

READING, Pa. — The Berks Heritage Council is pleased to announce that it will be holding its inaugural Berks History Day Event to celebrate our local heritage.   The event will be held on April 13, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Nicholas Stoltzfus Homestead in Wyomissing, 1700 Tulpehocken Rd., Wyomissing, Pa. 19610.

Berks History Day is being developed and hosted by over 20 museums and historic sites from across Berks County.  The event will feature displays of unique historic artifacts, participatory activities appropriate for all ages, merchandise available for purchase, a scavenger hunt, food vendors, prizes, and a bounce house.   Additionally, knowledgeable guides will be offering tours of the Nicholas Stoltzfus house.

The event is free of charge and will be held rain or shine.

“Berks County is home to so many wonderful museums and historic sites, far more than many people realize,” stated Bradley Smith, President of the Berks Heritage Council.   “We are excited that so many representatives of these sites are participating in our Berks History Day event.   Berks History Day will truly offer something for everyone.”

For more information, contact Becky Hughes, Secretary of the Berks Heritage Council.

About the Berks Heritage Council:

Berks Heritage Council, is a consortium of historic sites, museums, and societies in Berks County, and the host of “Sites and Sounds of Historic Berks County” which airs every fourth Monday at 7:30 p.m., on BCTV.  Exploring each of the Council’s affiliates, you’ll find vintage railroad memorabilia, antique automobiles once manufactured right here in the region, folk art, fine art, frontier homesteads, covered bridges, mills, caves, iron furnaces and a rich collection of historic architecture. Learn the stories of Conrad Weiser, Daniel Boone, automotive pioneer Charles Duryea, novelist John Updike, Pennsylvania German culture, and more as you enjoy each location.

About the Nicholas Stoltzfus Homestead:

The Nicholas Stoltzfus Homestead is a stone-built English colonial-style house built in the early-1700s in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. After passing through the ownership of several families, the property, including the stone house and a barn, was purchased in 1771 by Nicholas Stoltzfus and his son Christian Stoltzfus. The Nicholas Stoltzfus family were part of the Old Order Amish Anabaptist group and are the progenitors for all the Stoltzfus surnames in America.   Today the historical house is restored to accommodate tours, special educational programs, showcase Berks County Amish history and to experience colonial lifestyle from the 1700’s.