Berks History Books

Berks History Books

Organized alphabetically by author, these books are some of Berks County’s best history books that focus on the rich heritage of our county. 

Charles Adams III:

  • Baseball in Reading
  • Reading in Vintage Postcards
  • Haunted Berks County
  • Ghost Stories of Berks
  • Berks the Bizarre

Dr. Peter G. Bertolet:

  • Fragments of the Past: Historical Sketches of Oley and Vicinity

Emma E. Billig and Kayla L. Fusselman:

  • Kutztown University

Patricia A. Stompf Blackwell:

  • Along the Route 100 Corridor

Corrie Crupi:

  • The Pagoda Skyline Drive: An Illustrated History of Reading’s Mountaintop Landmarks
  • Footprints on the Mountain

Paul Druzba:

  • Carsonia Park: Midway of Memories
  • Pendora: Reading’s Forgotten Trolley Park
  • Neversink: Reading’s “Other” Mountain: the Resort Years, 1880-1930

 Patrick Dunmoyer:

  • Hex Signs: Myth and Meaning in PA Dutch Barn Stars
  • Pow Wow in Pennsylvania: Braucherei and the Ritual of Everyday Life

 Brian C. Engelhardt:

  • Reading’s Big League Exhibition Games

 Michael J. Floriani:

  • Aviation in Reading and Berks County

Laurie Grobman and Jessica Didow:

  • Jewish Reading and Berks County

 Francis Hoover:

  • Enemies in the Rear

Gregory D. Huber:

  • Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania

 Robert Flynn Johnson:

  • Working Girls

Michael J. Kitsock and Michael R. Glore:

  • Reading Firefighting

Michael J. Lisicky:

  • Shop Pomeroys First

Mike Madaio:

  • Lost Mount Penn

George and Gloria Meiser:

  • The Passing Scene – Vols. 1-25

Paul Miller:

  • Memories of a Bygone Era: History of the South Mountain Resorts Overlooking
  • Wernersville, Berks County, Pennsylvania

Joseph L. Mitchell:

  • The History of Main Street: Oley, Berks County, Pennsylvania
  • The History of Boyertown and Vicinity: Colebrookdale, Berks County, Pennsylvania

Oley Valley Heritage Association

  • The Oley Valley: A Photographic Journey
  • Landmarks of the Historic Oley Valley

Richard Orth

  • Early Decorated Furniture if the Pennsylvania Dutch: 18th Century Bieber Family Craftsman and other Folk Artists

 Irwin Richman

  • The Pennsylvania Dutch Country
  • Heritage Gardens, Heirloom Seeds – Melded Cultures with a Pennsylvania German Accent (co- authored with Michael Emery)

 Karen Rodemich Roman

  • The Schuylkill Canal

Patricia Wagner Smith

  • Southern Berks County

 Philip K. Smith and The Historical Society of Berks County

  • Reading Trains and Trolleys

Kenneth C. Springirth

  • Reading Railroad

Amy Strauss

  • Pennsylvania Scrapple

Patricia Earnest Suter

  • The Hanging of Susanna Cox: The True Story if Pennsylvania’s Most Notorious Infanticide and the Legend That Kept It Alive

 Joseph Swope

  • Pleasant Valley Lost

 Ed Taggert

  • Bootlegger: Max Hassel, The Millionaire Newsboy
  • When the Rackets Reigned
  • The Cohen Case: His Long Day in Court

 David L. Valuska and Christian B. Keller

  • Damn Dutch: Pennsylvania Germans at Gettysburg

Thomas White

  • Witches of Pennsylvania: Occult History and Lore

 William Woys Weaver:

  • As American as Shoofly Pie: The Foodlore and Fakelore of Pennsylvania Dutch Cuisine
  • Pennsylvania Dutch Country Cooking
  • Culinary Ephemera: In Illustrated History

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