Schools of Reading, PA and Berks County

19 06, 2024

First Public “Colored School” in Reading, PA

2024-06-19T10:27:46-04:00June 19th, 2024|Schools|0 Comments

Jenny Terry, a former slave, became the matriarch of a large and important family in Reading’s history. Jenny first arrived in the city with her nine children: Moses J., Johnson L., Charles L., Lee B., Frank, Andrew, Helen, Barbara, and Mary. Jenny had been [...]

1 05, 2024

Saving a Sculptured Head from the former Girls’ High School

2024-05-01T13:41:43-04:00May 1st, 2024|Art, Landmarks, Schools|0 Comments

During the demolition of the Girls' High School at the corner of 4th and Court Streets in September 1961, Peter Zuk, president of Zuk Lumber & Demolition Co., Inc. of Belvidere, N.J., whose business had been hired to tear down the old school, received [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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