6 02, 2021

St. Michael’s Convent, Hyde Park

2021-02-06T21:43:49-04:00February 6th, 2021|Organizations-Institutions|0 Comments

Saint Michael Convent began as a “seminary for young ladies,” established and conducted by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The fifty acre hilltop tract and the building were the result of a pious bequest in the will of Henry Felix, [...]

22 01, 2021

A convent and orphanage for the Bernardine Sisters and Alvernia University

2021-01-22T23:52:41-04:00January 22nd, 2021|Organizations-Institutions, Schools|0 Comments

Many of the new immigrants, particularly in the second half of the nineteenth century, were from Poland and were looking for a new land with religious and civil freedoms. Pennsylvania would be the land of opportunity for many immigrants, some of whom would [...]

31 05, 2020

Monsignor George Bornemann

2020-05-31T07:04:14-04:00May 31st, 2020|Churches, Organizations-Institutions, People, Schools|0 Comments

George Bornemann was born October 5, 1838, at Lingen, Province of Hanover, Germany. His father was a rope-maker; his mother, Louisa (born, Rolfs) died when he was six years old. The schools of his native town provided his elementary education, and he early [...]

28 05, 2020

Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute/Penn State Berks

2020-05-28T11:38:21-04:00May 28th, 2020|Organizations-Institutions, Schools, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute, founded by Ferdinand Thun and Henry Janssen, was originally organized as the Educational Department of the Textile Machine Works. Below: Ferdinand Thun. Below: Henry Janssen. Textile Machine Works, the world's largest manufacturer of full-fashioned hosiery machinery, [...]

27 05, 2020

House of the Good Shepherd

2020-05-27T23:53:16-04:00May 27th, 2020|Churches, Organizations-Institutions|0 Comments

For more than half of our nation's history, social services were not provided by the government, but by benevolent and religious institutions. As the number of Catholics in Berks County grew, so did the establishment of a number of convents of women religious [...]

27 05, 2020

St. Catharine’s Orphan Asylum for Girls

2021-01-25T08:31:48-04:00May 27th, 2020|Churches, Organizations-Institutions|0 Comments

St. Catharine's Orphan Asylum for Girls was founded due to the generosity of Mrs. Catharine Madary, a Reading widow who passed away on May 22, 1871. Below: The photo below shows the small beginning of St. Catharine's Female Orphan's Asylum. Due to her [...]

20 05, 2020

St. Paul’s Orphan Asylum for Boys

2020-05-20T21:18:07-04:00May 20th, 2020|Organizations-Institutions|0 Comments

In the nineteenth century there was not the network of government sponsored social service agencies that are in place today. When needs arose, they were generally taken care of by families, benevolent societies, or by religious institutions. In the nineteenth century and for [...]

20 05, 2020

History of St. Joseph’s Hospital

2020-05-20T13:22:32-04:00May 20th, 2020|Organizations-Institutions|0 Comments

In 1872 Right Rev. Monsignor Bornemann, who in his fatherly sympathy had ever been most eager to relieve the wants of poor suffering humanity, purchased a three and half acre parcel of land from the Augustus Vollmer Estate for the sum of $10,000 [...]

19 05, 2020

Bavarian Beneficial Association

2020-05-19T22:26:17-04:00May 19th, 2020|Organizations-Institutions|0 Comments

The Bavarian Beneficial Association was located at 2000 Hill Road. The original frame building is the portion on the left in the photo shown below. In 1910, officers and founding members all belonged to St. Paul’s R.C. Church, 151 North Ninth Street, Reading, [...]

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