Schools of Reading, PA and Berks County

1 08, 2021

Ancona’s School – Alsace Township

2021-08-06T08:00:11-04:00August 1st, 2021|Schools|Comments Off on Ancona’s School – Alsace Township

At the junction of Friedensburg Road and Old Spies Church Road, about a half-mile past the former Stony Creek Mills in Lower Alsace Township, stands an interesting stone structure that prior to enlargement had been a horse stable. Before that, it was Ancona’s [...]

22 01, 2021

A convent and orphanage for the Bernardine Sisters and Alvernia University

2021-06-04T12:07:29-04:00January 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 [...]

28 12, 2020

Reading CollegeTowne | Alvernia University

2021-06-04T12:09:07-04:00December 28th, 2020|Schools|0 Comments

The remodeling and retrofitting of the former CNA building at 401 Penn Street in downtown Reading has started. Alvernia University finalized the purchase of the building on June 30, 2020. Below: CNA building at 401 Penn Street in downtown Reading. Click images to [...]

13 07, 2020

Lorane Elementary School – Exeter Township

2020-07-13T03:10:29-04:00July 13th, 2020|Schools|0 Comments

The cornerstone for the Lorane Elementary School building, Exeter Township, was laid during afternoon ceremonies on July 12, 1959. The new structure was built to relieve over-crowded conditions in both the elementary and high school buildings. Initially, it housed six sections of 7th [...]

28 06, 2020

Sacred Heart Parish, West Reading

2020-06-28T11:33:40-04:00June 28th, 2020|Churches, Schools|0 Comments

By the dawn of the 20th century Reading was undergoing notable industrial expansion. The lure of jobs brought significant population growth to the area. Among the newcomers were many Catholics. Monsignor George Bornemann of St. Paul’s Parish recommend to Edmund F. Prendergast, Archbishop of [...]

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 [...]

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