21 05, 2022

Civilian Conservation Corps

2022-05-21T06:38:31-04:00May 21st, 2022|History, Landmarks|Comments Off on Civilian Conservation Corps

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public relief program for unemployed men ages 18 to 24 to provide unskilled manual labor for conservation and development of natural resources beginning in 1933. President Roosevelt promoted the CCC for youth unable to find jobs [...]

12 05, 2022

Worrying blood-lead levels in children in Reading and Berks County

2022-05-12T04:41:43-04:00May 12th, 2022|News|Comments Off on Worrying blood-lead levels in children in Reading and Berks County

Berks County has the 3rd highest lead levels in the State, which is related to the amount of housing built prior to the creation of lead paint regulations and the high number of rental properties. Lead levels in Reading are three (3) times [...]

24 03, 2022

St. Peter Reading Catholic High School

2022-03-24T12:13:28-04:00March 24th, 2022|Churches, History, Schools|Comments Off on St. Peter Reading Catholic High School

By the beginning of the 20th century in Reading there was an urgent need for a Catholic secondary school. In order to meet the advanced academic needs of the Reading high school-age population, St. Peter High School was founded in 1911. St. Peter’s [...]

20 02, 2022

Don’t Give Up on Reading

2022-02-20T11:45:34-04:00February 20th, 2022|Community, Culture, Heritage of Reading|Comments Off on Don’t Give Up on Reading

By MaryBeth. Thank you for creating GoReadingBerks, one of my go-to websites when I need a dose of hometown nostalgia. Like you, I have fond memories of growing up in Reading. My memories include: being eye level with cases full of Pennsylvania Dutch [...]

12 02, 2022

The 400 Block of Penn Street

2022-02-12T06:12:31-04:00February 12th, 2022|Businesses-Industry, Culture, Department Stores|Comments Off on The 400 Block of Penn Street

Everything could be bought in that 400 block, from food to a diamond, from tires to a clock. Below: 400 block of Penn Street. North Side. First there was Kins for fine ladies to shop, and Pep Boys and Charles Auto Took good [...]

9 02, 2022

Reading, PA, The Good Times and the Bad

2022-02-10T16:45:55-04:00February 9th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Reading, PA, The Good Times and the Bad

I was fortunate enough to grow up in the city of Reading before it lost its small town feel to the outside world. I was born in 1968 so I was able to experience the good throughout the 70s and 80s before Reading [...]

28 01, 2022

Wincanton and its citizens fare badly in report

2022-01-28T04:28:06-04:00January 28th, 2022|Crime|Comments Off on Wincanton and its citizens fare badly in report

In 1967, "The Wincanton Report,” a federally funded study, was published about corruption and organized crime in a small city. Wincanton, a fictional name chosen to protect innocent people, was later disclosed to be Reading, Pa., a city that for 30 years was [...]

24 12, 2021

Christmas was Different here 99 years ago

2021-12-24T06:06:55-04:00December 24th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Christmas was Different here 99 years ago

City fathers 99 years ago were screaming about the double parkers on Penn Street, and citing a city parking ordinance prohibiting the parking of a vehicle in front of any hotel, hospital, church or public building. In 1922, most of the shoppers came [...]

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