Schools of Reading, PA and Berks County

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, [...]

20 05, 2020

History of St. Margaret’s RC Church

2020-05-20T11:44:11-04:00May 20th, 2020|Churches, Schools|0 Comments

In 1920, St. Joseph's Church, 8th and Spring Streets, was the only Catholic Church in Reading north of Walnut Street. To accommodate the growing population in the northwest section of the city, Archbishop (later Cardinal) Dennis Dougherty, established St. Margaret's Parish on February [...]

20 05, 2020

History of St. Joseph’s Church RC Church

2020-05-20T10:55:59-04:00May 20th, 2020|Churches, Schools|0 Comments

On June 10, 1874; the Reverend A.D. Filan of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Reading, bought from the Reading Railroad Company the property on which St. Joseph's Church is situated today. The lot was 100 feet front by 115 feet deep, and on [...]

20 05, 2020

History of Saints Cyril and Methodius RC Church

2020-05-20T10:56:39-04:00May 20th, 2020|Churches, Schools|0 Comments

Around 1880, the first Slovaks came to Reading from Saris, Spis and Zemplin, areas in Czechoslovakia, and later from Trencin, Orava and Nitra, also in Czechoslovakia. During their first years in Reading, they attended Mass at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, and then [...]

20 05, 2020

History of St. Mary’s RC Church, Reading

2020-05-20T00:24:36-04:00May 20th, 2020|Churches, Schools|1 Comment

A skyline landmark in the southern section of the city, the steeples of St. Mary's Catholic Church rise above Twelfth and Spruce streets. Polish immigrants began arriving in Reading around 1850, seeking work and livelihood in the iron foundries here. The majority [...]

19 05, 2020

History of Holy Name High School

2020-06-28T07:18:49-04:00May 19th, 2020|Churches, Schools|0 Comments

Catholic education was in its prime in the early 1960s. Overcrowding at Central Catholic High School and St. Peter’s High School necessitated the need for another High School. In 1961, Bishop Joseph McShea, of the newly created Allentown Diocese, inaugurated a massive building [...]

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