Spring 2023 Program: The Mines and Minerals of Berks County and The Greater Oley Valley presented by Ron Sloto on Tuesday April 18, 2023 at 7PM at the Oley Fair Centre
Join us as we learn about mining, minerals and quarries in Berks County and the Oley Valley
Fall 2022 Program: Saving History from the Ground Up Presented by Charley Harley on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 7PM at the Oley Fair Centre
Join us as we learn the art of relic hunting through metal detecting. Charley will discuss some of his finds and the historic properties he has detected. He will also demonstrate the use of his detector and talk about why his goal is not to find the treasure as much as it is to learn about the past through his finds.
Fall 2021 Program: Oley Valley's Vernacular Barns and Hex Signs
Lecture given by Greg Huber on November 7, 2021. Click on the link to watch the program on our YouTube channel.
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Pennsylvania German Gravestones Art & History in Stone with a Special Focus on the Oley Valley, Berks County, PA
This program is presented by Michael Emery, Site Administrator at the Cornwall Iron Furnace in Lebanon County, PA. Follow along as we learn about the art and history of gravestones with a special focus on the Oley Valley in Berks County, PA.
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About the Oley Valley Heritage

The Oley Valley Heritage Association is a group of people who are proud of their heritage in the Oley Valley, and share a common interest in keeping the history of the valley alive. We strive to learn as much as we can about our heritage, so we can share it with you, and generations to come.

The Oley Valley Heritage Association can trace is roots to a water loss incident to the Oley Valley in the late 1970’s.  As part of a strategy to combat this environmental threat, a concerned citizens group sought protection through the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Oley Township was subsequently selected for the trust’s rural project in 1980. It took three years to survey the historic landmarks in the township, and prepare the application.  The effort paid off when, in 1983, the whole township was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  This was the largest nomination of its kind. After the National Trust project ended, the Oley Valley Heritage Association was incorporated to continue the mission.

Protecting our Future by Preserving our Past

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