1 10, 2023

Reading City Council extends lease for Rotary Park

2023-10-01T04:12:46-04:00October 1st, 2023|News|0 Comments

Former Reading City Council member Stratton Marmarou made a return to Council Chambers at Monday night’s City Council meeting on September 25. Marmarou's purpose was to encourage Council to approve an addendum to the lease between the city and the Rotary Park Association for [...]

31 08, 2023

The History of Carvel Ice Cream in Berks County

2023-08-31T14:44:36-04:00August 31st, 2023|Businesses-Industry|0 Comments

Carvel has had a presence in Berks County since its early days. In 1949, the company opened one of its first stores outside of New York at 3320 North Fifth Street Highway in Muhlenberg Township. The 40-by-50-foor Carvel store on the Fifth Street [...]

9 06, 2023

Bernhart’s Creek and Wildlife Nature Preserve

2023-08-25T13:06:58-04:00June 9th, 2023|Bernhart's Lake, Landmarks, Nature & Outdoors|0 Comments

City advisors are currently collaborating with Benjiman Cammarano, a senior at Delaware Valley University majoring in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Science. Born and raised in Reading, PA, Benjiman has selected Bernhart's Dam as the focus of his senior Capstone project. The objective for Bernhart’s [...]

2 06, 2023

City Council Public Meeting – Bernhart’s Dam and Park

2023-06-02T04:13:05-04:00June 2nd, 2023|Bernhart's Lake, News|0 Comments

Reading City Council held a public meeting on Wednesday evening, May 31, about the removal of Bernhart’s Dam and to provide the public with the plan for the surrounding park. From collected samples, the PH of the water and the soil is consistently [...]

13 05, 2023

Where Are They Now? Bands & Musicians of the 1970’s in Reading & Berks County, Pa.

2023-05-13T16:42:34-04:00May 13th, 2023|Bands, Music|13 Comments

Written by John Sharp Fifty years ago or so, I became part of the rock music scene in the southeastern area of Pennsylvania, since I was born in Reading in 1954 and graduated from Governor Mifflin High School in Shillington. While history was [...]

27 04, 2023

Stoneman Willie a Berks County Legend to be Laid to Rest

2023-04-27T10:02:27-04:00April 27th, 2023|Bizarre|Comments Off on Stoneman Willie a Berks County Legend to be Laid to Rest

“Stoneman Willie,” a local legend and resident of the Theo C. Auman Funeral Home in Reading, PA since 1895 will finally be laid to rest following a service and burial. His mummified body has lain in the Theo C. Auman Funeral Home, 247 [...]

7 04, 2023

Lenape Indians of Berks County and Pennsylvania

2023-04-18T11:50:18-04:00April 7th, 2023|History, Indians|Comments Off on Lenape Indians of Berks County and Pennsylvania

In 1684, Berks County was exclusively inhabited by the Lenape Indians, who were an indigenous people of the Northeastern Woodlands region in the United States and Canada. The Lenape were also known as the Lenni Lenape and Delaware people. Their ancestral homeland included [...]

1 04, 2023

Proposed Skyscraper in Downtown Reading

2023-04-01T10:48:34-04:00April 1st, 2023|Landmarks|Comments Off on Proposed Skyscraper in Downtown Reading

The Reading Renaissance, a proposed 43-story skyscraper threatens to dwarf what traditionally has been the area’s largest high-rises. The 280-foot-high courthouse at 6th and Court streets in Reading, as well as Allentown’s 23-story Pennsylvania Power & Light Building stand to be humbled. The [...]

31 03, 2023

First Known Image of the Easter Bunny in America came from Berks County

2023-03-31T12:59:44-04:00March 31st, 2023|Art|Comments Off on First Known Image of the Easter Bunny in America came from Berks County

The earliest known imagery of the Easter bunny in America came from Berks County. It was drawn near Orwigsburg (West Brunswick Township). Hand drawn and colored on laid paper (8 x 9.6 cm.), Johann Conrad Gilbert created this fractur near Orwigsburg, PA. The [...]

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