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The mission of the Kutztown Area Historical Society is to collect and preserve, in a museum environment, material culture artifacts relevant to the history of the greater Kutztown area, to maintain a non-circulating library of publications and manuscripts relating to Kutztown and Berks County history, and to encourage the local conservation of sites and structures of historical and cultural significance to the region.
The Kutztown Area Historical Society (KAHS) was originally formed to organize events to celebrate the bicentennial of the United States in 1976. When the bicentennial celebrations were over, the KAHS broadened its scope to preserve the history of the Kutztown Area. The Society serves the school districts of Kutztown, Brandywine Heights, and Fleetwood. On February 27, 1979, the KAHS purchased the 1892 Public School Building from the Kutztown Area School District. The KAHS has been working to restore the building since its purchase. Major projects such as installing a new heating system, replacing the roof, exterior maintenance, and interior renovations were financed through the generosity of the Kutztown community with the help of a few government grants. Much more remains to be done, however, as the building is quite large and, like most buildings over one hundred years old, requires constant care. The building is one of the best examples of Victorian architecture in the country and is on the National Register of Historic Buildings. The 1892 Public School Building houses the society's museum and administrative offices. The museum showcases many artifacts and photographs from the Kutztown area. The non-circulating library, a great source for local historians, holds many historical publications. The building is also used for several activities throughout the year. Tours of the building can be taken during any of the events, public hours, or by appointment.
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