16 07, 2021

Fire Companies and Penn Street, Reading, PA

2021-07-16T02:08:21-04:00July 16th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Fire Companies and Penn Street, Reading, PA

The tradition of the fire truck parade on Penn Street dates back to the turn of the 20th century. It is not known exactly when these parades began on a regular basis. However, they may have started with the tradition of driving a [...]

18 01, 2021

Rajah Theatre – Santander Performing Arts Center

2021-06-04T12:07:30-04:00January 18th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

In July of 1870, workers began to erect a building at 135 North Sixth Street which was to contain a market house and Masonic Temple. However,  the panic of 1873 - 74 prevented completion so the property was sold by the sheriff to [...]

12 10, 2020

Columbus Day, 1892 – The Great Catholic Parade

2021-06-04T12:13:54-04:00October 12th, 2020|Churches, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The celebration of the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America by the Catholic of this city took place on October 12, 1892. A number of private and business houses were decorated with flags and streamers. St. Paul’s church, pastoral residence, school building [...]

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, [...]

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