Berks His­tory Cen­ter to mark 100th an­niver­sary of Ar­mistice Day with time cap­sule open­ing.

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The Berks His­tory Cen­ter will com­mem­o­rate the 100th An­niver­sary of Ar­mistice Day on Nov. 10, with World War I and Berks, a day of pro­grams and events, in­clud­ing a time cap­sule open­ing at the Berks His­tory Cen­ter, 940 Cen­tre Ave. Read­ing, PA 19601.

Please join us for a day of ed­u­ca­tion and en­ter­tain­ment as we com­mem­o­rate the 100th An­niver­sary of the end of World War I. The day will be­gin with two con­sec­u­tive pro­grams that ex­plore the chal­lenges and tri­umphs of the Great War through the eyes of a lo­cal WWI sol­dier with pre­sen­ta­tions by Wil­liam Richard­son as he reads and in­ter­prets his fa­ther’s WWI diaries. “From the Front­lines: Di­ary of a WWI Sol­dier” Part I will be­gin at 10 a.m. and will be fol­lowed by Part II at 12:30 p.m.

Pre­sen­ter, Wil­liam F. Richard­son is the son of Wil­liam Emanuel Richard­son, who served in the Great War. Richard­son will read and in­ter­pret his fa­ther’s jour­nal en­tries in two dra­matic pre­sen­ta­tions that demon­strate the re­al­i­ties of the World War I ex­pe­ri­ence. Richard­son is a Berks County na­tive and now lives in Golden, Col. Richard­son’s fa­ther, Wil­liam Emanuel Richard­son, was born in Berks County in 1886. Wil­liam’s ex­ten­sive diaries and writ­ings dur­ing this pe­riod re­veal a pro­found pa­tri­o­tism, a hope­ful ide­al­ism, and a keen un­der­stand­ing of the con­text and back­ground of events as they un­folded. They also re­veal a young man’s search for both ad­ven­ture and ro­mance.

Ad­mis­sion to “From the Front­lines: Di­ary of a WWI Sol­dier” Parts I and II is $5 for mem­bers and vet­er­ans and $8 for non-mem­bers. Both pro­grams are in­cluded in the ad­mis­sion price.

At 6 p.m. the Berks His­tory Cen­ter will re­veal the con­tents of a 1918 Time Cap­sule dur­ing an un­veil­ing cer­e­mony. The Time Cap­sule Open­ing Cer­e­mony is free to the pub­lic.

The day will con­clude with a spe­cial per­for­mance by the Read­ing Cho­ral So­ci­ety. The Read­ing Cho­ral So­ci­ety’s World War I and Berks Con­cert be­gins at 7:30 p.m. in the Berks His­tory Cen­ter’s Con­nor Au­di­to­rium. The con­cert will pay homage to Read­ing’s Lib­erty Cho­rus, which was founded in 1918, and will fea­ture mu­sic pop­u­lar dur­ing the era of the Great War.

Tick­ets for Read­ing Cho­ral So­ci­ety’s World War I and Berks Con­cert are $5 for mem­ber and vet­er­ans and $8 for non-mem­bers. Tick­ets must be pur­chased in ad­vance and do not in­clude ad­mis­sion to “From the Front­lines: Di­ary of a WWI Sol­dier” Part I and II. Call 610-375-4375 to pur­chase tick­ets.

Launched in Novem­ber 2017, the World War I and Berks project, was a year­long com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 100th An­niver­sary of World War I that ex­am­ined Berks County’s con­tri­bu­tions to the Great War and the ef­fects the war had on our lo­cal com­mu­nity. The World War I and Berks ex­hibit, lo­cated in the Berks His­tory Cen­ter’s Palmer Gallery, tells how Read­ing and Berks County re­sponded to the na­tion’s call to arms with a re­mark­able ea­ger­ness to serve and un­wa­ver­ing pa­tri­otic dis­plays. Ad­di­tional sto­ries about World War I were shared through­out the year on the Berks His­tory Cen­ter’s blog and so­cial me­dia. Pro­gram at­ten­dees are in­vited to tour the World War I and Berks ex­hibit along with all of the other gal­leries and ex­hibits in the mu­seum on Nov. 10, 2018.


This 1918 Time Cap­sule that will be opened at 6 p.m. dur­ing a spe­cial com­mem­o­ra­tive day of events on Nov. 10 at the Berks His­tory Cen­ter Mu­seum.

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