The Historical Review of Berks County
Berks History at your fingertips
The Historical Review of Berks County is a top-tier quarterly publication produced by the Berks History Center. This historical journal features articles from various contributors, including renowned local historians.
Highlighted articles provide detailed insights into the history and culture of Berks County. From the region’s early settlements to the present day, The Historical Review of Berks County offers readers a comprehensive look at the area’s past. The publication also includes BHC news, articles from BHC staff, and updates on the Berks History Center’s ongoing projects and events.
Whether you are a seasoned historian or a casual history buff, The Historical Review of Berks County is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the stories of this vibrant region.
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Some of articles below were originally published in previous issues of The Historical Review of Berks County:
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Meet Our Editor
Charles J. Adams, III
Charles J. Adams, III, a renowned author, historian, and journalist, was born in Reading and continues to reside in the area with his wife, Dr. Theresa Adams. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Charlie returned to Berks County, where he began his illustrious career in local print journalism and radio.
Over the years, Charlie has made significant contributions to the literary world, publishing 35 books on the paranormal, folklore, shipwrecks, train wrecks, and baseball. Among his works are 18 editions of ghost stories, with his first book, Ghost Stories of Berks County, debuting in 1982. Charlie’s fascination with the paranormal is evident in his ghost tours, which he conducts seasonally leading up to Halloween.
Beyond his professional pursuits, Charlie is actively involved in the local community. He has served as president of the Reading Public Library, was a founding trustee of the Exeter Community Library, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Exeter Township School District. Charlie has also been on the boards of the Penn State Berks Alumni Society, Crestwood Swimming Association, Humane Society of Berks County, Crime Alert Berks County, the Boyertown Museum of Historical Vehicles, the Exeter Township Historical Commission, and the Greater Reading Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is presently a trustee of the Berks History Center and on the board of directors of the Daniel Boone Homestead Associates. Charlie is also a member of the John Updike Childhood Home Advisory Board and is a docent at the Updike Home historic site.
Charlie was elected as a trustee of the Berks History Center for the first time in the 1980s and has served as the editor of The Historical Review of Berks County since 2015.