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Quaker who founded the province of Pennsylvania.
Historic Mansion located in Reading, PA, that was built for Stirling was designed and built for James Hervey Sternbergh, a Reading iron and steel magnate
Pottery made in the 17th through 19th centuries. Often had a ceramic glaze and was used for a variety of kitchen and dining functions.
Fried German staple, usually eaten the day before lent begins.
Born in Germany in 1866. One of the founders of Wyomissing Industries, which included Textile Machine Works.
Mode of transportation used during the 18th and 19th centuries, drawn by horse, mules, or oxen. We have on in our collection!
Iron plantation that was founded in 1771 by Mark Bird. This cold-blast charcoal iron furnace was active until 1883.
Historic house and farm located in Oley, PA. Buildings consist of: a 2 1/2 story log house, built between 1742 and 1800; a 2 1/2 story farmhouse built in the Georgian style; and various outbuildings.
Large department store located on Penn Street, Reading, PA. Built in 1892 and active until 1957.
Dutch folk art. Barn paintings that are usually in the form of "stars in circles," that began to appear in the 19th century. Images included tulips and birds.
Iconic American pioneer, explorer, woodsman, and frontiersman. His family were Quakers, and his homestead is located in Birdsboro.
Located in Womesldorf and built in 1749, this is a refinery forge that processed iron from charcoal furnaces. Owned by HenryWilloam Stiegel in 1763 and George Ege in 1780.
Mansion built in 1931 that was inspired by a 13th century castle in England. It sits on 10 acres of property. It turned into a restaurant in the 1970s.
A legal document that conveys or transfers property or rights from one individual to another. We have many of these, both unrecorded and recorded, in our archives.
1757 massacre of the Spatz family near Strausstown, PA.
The name of a 500-year-old tree located in Oley, PA.
German Baptismal Certificate, were especially prominent among Lutheran and German Reformed congregations.
A line of descent traced continuously from an ancestor. Many researchers come to the BHC library to research this.
Railroad that, by the mid-1900s, became the largest American carrier of anthracite coal.
Pennsylvania Dutch pioneer who was an interpreter and diplomat between the PA colony and Native Americans. He was a farmer, tanner, soldier, and judge.
Body of water running from Pottsville to Philadelphia. It's name translated means "Hidden River" or "Sheltered Creek."
Victorian Mansion located in Centre Park, Reading, PA, that used to be owned by the Historical Society.
Historic movie theater located in Reading, PA. Designed by architect William Harold Lee in the Art Deco style, built in 1928 and operated until 1975. Demolished in 1998.
This iconic structure sits 620 feet above the city of Reading. Built in 1908 and originally intended to be a luxury resort.
Manuscript art of the Pennsylvania Germans; used from the 16th through 20th centuries.