HPTBC Annual Gala Dinner

Saturday, November 4 * 6-9pm

“A Celebration of the Keim Homestead: A National Historic Landmark”

The Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County (HPTBC) will celebrate another year with our second annual gala dinner at the Reading Public Museum. Join us for a beautiful evening of good food and drink as we celebrate the important work of the Trust and its many 2017 accomplishments. A presentation on the Keim Homestead will follow dinner and guests can have their pick from a variety of silent auction items.

This year’s theme is the Jacob Keim Homestead. In December 2016, the Keim Homestead became Berks County’s third National Historic Landmark. The National Park Service describes the Keim Farmstead as being “an exceptionally intact example of early German American domestic vernacular architecture.” NHLs are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. Today, just over 2,500 historic places bear this national distinction. More recently, the Homestead was the recipient of the 2017 Preservation Pennsylvania Stewardship Initiative Award. The award was for the Trust’s five-year restoration campaign on the 1753 house.

The feature presentation at this year’s dinner will be given by historian James Lewars and will focus on the local and national significance of the Keim Homestead, as well as some of the restoration work that has been completed on the property’s buildings. Mr. Lewars currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Historic Preservation Trust and volunteers at Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum. He has his Bachelor of Arts from Pennsylvania State University and worked for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission for over 30 years at various sites throughout eastern Pennsylvania.

Pre-purchased tickets are required for this event. The cost is $60 for HPT members and $70 for non-members. The ticket includes catered dinner and two drinks.

Click here to download a copy of the invitation and RSVP form.