27 12, 2020

Workers begin renovation of the Madison Building

2021-06-04T12:09:07-04:00December 27th, 2020|Landmarks, News|0 Comments

The Madison Building at 400 Washington Street was sold for $2,500,000. Developer David Hasenfeld, owner of Madison 2020 LLC, New Castle, Delaware, has an adaptive reuse plan to create 85 high-end apartment units with both one and two-bedroom floor plans. [...]

24 12, 2020

Throwback to Pappy’s Pizza, Nichols Shopping Center

2021-06-04T12:09:07-04:00December 24th, 2020|Restaurants-Diners|0 Comments

Pappy's Pizza was a restaurant chain based out of Newark, Delaware...the territory ran from Ohio to Delaware and Allentown to Maryland. The chain was owned by a man and his two sons; one of the son's names was Mark Balick. Pappy's Pizza in [...]

20 12, 2020

The Cross and Star atop Mount Penn

2021-06-04T12:09:08-04:00December 20th, 2020|Christmas, Culture|0 Comments

In 1914, the youth group of First Baptist Church, Reading, began the annual Easter Dawn Service on top of Mount Penn, Reading. Below: Easter Dawn Service at the Reading Pagoda, 1914. The first service was held at the Pagoda, drawing several hundred people [...]

17 12, 2020

Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center

2021-06-04T12:09:08-04:00December 17th, 2020|Nature & Outdoors|0 Comments

In the early 1900s, when hosiery mogul Jacob Nolde acquired the land on which Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center now stands, there was only one white pine tree growing among the grassy meadow. He hired an Austrian forester to create an entire forest [...]

15 12, 2020

The Goshenhoppen Registers 

2021-06-04T12:09:08-04:00December 15th, 2020|Genealogy|0 Comments

The Goshenhoppen registers of baptisms, marriages, and deaths are the sacramental records of the Catholic mission at Goshenhoppen, now Bally, in Washington Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. Beginning in 1741, the year the mission was founded, and extending, with some gaps, to 1819, these [...]

15 12, 2020

A second parish for Polish Catholics in Reading, St. Anthony of Padua

2021-06-04T12:09:08-04:00December 15th, 2020|Churches|0 Comments

As a number of immigrants from Eastern Europe continued to migrate to the shores of the United States in the early pan of the twentieth century, a group of people of Polish descent sought to establish a second Polish parish in Reading on [...]

15 12, 2020

Boscov’s Original Store, Ninth and Pike Street, Reading, PA

2021-06-04T12:13:25-04:00December 15th, 2020|Department Stores|0 Comments

Solomon Boscov was born the son of Molshe and Vassa Boscov, he left his native Russia and immigrated to the United States in 1911 with only about $12 in his pocket. His first endeavor was peddling lemonade on the streets of Washington, D. [...]

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