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Reading Public Museum Commemorates Juneteenth with Special Activities and Programs

Reading Public Museum Commemorates Juneteenth with Special Activities and Programs

by Reading Public Museum

The Reading Public Museum is proud to announce special activities and programs in honor of Juneteenth, the historic day marking the emancipation of the last enslaved African Americans in the United States. These festivities are scheduled to take place on Wednesday, June 19, and will include an educational lecture, family day, and special admissions. The Museum will host special documentary screenings on Thursday, June 20, and Friday, June 21, as a continuation of the festivities.

Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19, commemorates the day in 1865 when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced the end of the Civil War, ensuring the freedom of all remaining enslaved people. This year, The Reading Public Museum aims to deepen public understanding of this significant event through a variety of immersive and enlightening experiences.

Highlights of the Juneteenth celebration at the Reading Public Museum include:

Special lecture: A History of Juneteenth

Join NAACP Reading Branch Historian Wynton Butler for a special lecture on the history and significance of Juneteenth. This lecture will be presented at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, at the Reading Public Museum. This event is free but requires a reservation, and light refreshments will be provided. Please email [email protected] or visit our website to RSVP.

Family day activities:

From 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, visitors to the Museum grounds will have the opportunity to meet with community partners to learn about resources available for families and individuals in Berks County.

On Thursday, June 20, and Friday, June 21, at 4 p.m., the Reading Public Museum will be hosting special screenings of the documentary The Right to Read in the Neag Planetarium in conjunction with the NAACP. The Right to Read shares the stories of an NAACP activist, a teacher, and two American families who fight to provide our youngest generation with the most foundational indicator of life-long success: the ability to read.

Admission to the Juneteenth lecture, documentary screenings, and family day activities at the Reading Public Museum are free. Museum admission on Wednesday, June 19, is free with a donation of a non-perishable food item, which will be donated to support families relocating from Haiti to our community. For more information on the schedule of events and to register for specific programs, please visit www.readingpublicmuseum.org or contact Sydney Ernst.

Museum Director of Education Wendy Koller expressed enthusiasm about the upcoming events, stating, “Juneteenth is a pivotal moment in our nation’s history, and we are honored to commemorate it with a series of programs that educate, entertain, and inspire. We invite the community to join us in celebrating this day of freedom and reflection.”

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The Reading Public Museum is supported in part by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and is located at 500 Museum Road, Reading, PA. Admission per day is $10 adults (18-64), $6 children/seniors/college students (w/ID), and free to members and children three years old and under. The Museum is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit online at www.readingpublicmuseum.org.