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Berks County’s Last Mountain Lion

February 11, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

In August 1874, the Reading Eagle reported that hunters in Albany Township had killed the last Berks County mountain lion.  In the weeks that followed, dozens of newspapers from across the country shared this story, with each providing new sensational details of the hunters’ ordeal.  Interest in the tale was rekindled decades later, after the taxidermied remains of the Berks County mountain lion appeared at an estate sale. Join the Berks History Center’s Archivist, Bradley Smith, as he discusses the facts – and the mythology – surrounding this intriguing local legend.

This program will be held in person, inside the BHC Museum Auditorium. The cost of this program is $5 for BHC members and $8 for non-members. The program fee includes admission to the BHC Museum. Fees will be accepted at the door on the day of the event. Coffee, hot tea, juice, and light refreshments will be made available for participants at 9:30 AM.

Attendees must call 610-375-4375 prior to the event to reserve a space.


February 11, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Berks History Center
940 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA 19601 United States
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