26 11, 2020

Reading Fairgrounds Speedway, the Home of Champions

2021-06-04T12:13:51-04:00November 26th, 2020|Planes-Trains-Automobiles|0 Comments

From September 20, 1924 to June 29,1979, dirt-track racing fans crowded the 80 acre site of the Reading Fairgrounds located in Muhlenburg Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania which was home to a half-mile oval that was known as “The Home of Champions” Modified stock [...]

26 11, 2020

Developer planning new townhomes on Washington Street, success or poor planning

2021-06-04T12:13:51-04:00November 26th, 2020|News|0 Comments

The Reading Redevelopment Authority recently accepted bids from a New York developer for the purchase of 301, 311, and 315 Washington Street, Reading, PA. Below: 301-315 Washington Street. David Hasenfeld of the Scharf Group plans to combine the three properties to build 15 [...]

6 11, 2020

More People Are Decorating for Christmas Early This Year

2021-06-04T12:13:53-04:00November 6th, 2020|Christmas, Culture|0 Comments

Perhaps because people are spending more time at home, they'll take any excuse to brighten things up in this crazy year. Getting ready for the holidays is happening earlier this year, perhaps because people are spending more time at home and they'll take [...]

15 10, 2020

Weiser Student to Attend Purdue Space Day

2021-06-04T12:13:54-04:00October 15th, 2020|Community, Education|0 Comments

On average, American 8-to-12-year-olds spend 4 hours and 44 minutes on screen media each day. That’s according to a 2019 survey by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit that tracks young people’s tech habits. Devon Parham, a 10 year old 5th grade student at [...]

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 [...]

12 09, 2020

Kitty Solomon helped spawn the Outlet Industry

2020-09-13T03:04:09-04:00September 12th, 2020|Businesses-Industry, Outlets|0 Comments

At one time Reading was dominated by textile manufacturers. By the 1960s and early 1970s most of the textile companies moved south, but a couple that remained - Talbott and David Crystal – had outlets, mainly for women’s clothing. Under the leadership of [...]

21 08, 2020

Stocker Mansion and Brewery

2020-08-21T01:14:15-04:00August 21st, 2020|Breweries, Businesses-Industry|0 Comments

While three different brewers lived in this former “brewery mansion” over the years, people generally referred to the place as “the Stocker Mansion,” named for the brewer who built it. It stood on the northwest corner of 11th and Exeter. On this site [...]

18 08, 2020

Boyer Mansion – Southwest Corner of Lancaster Ave. and Morgantown Rd.

2024-01-07T10:39:01-04:00August 18th, 2020|Landmarks|0 Comments

On the southwest corner of Lancaster Ave. and Morgantown Rd., Reading, once sat the imposing George F. Boyer mansion, erected in the 1880s. Henry, whose great-grandfather started Boyertown, was born in Reading, in 1837. After a sound education and marriage to Mary Ann [...]

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