29 05, 2020

Early Indian Dam at Tulpehocken Creek

2020-05-29T15:27:50-04:00May 29th, 2020|Nature & Outdoors|0 Comments

The Tulpehocken Creek is the largest stream in Western Berks County. Arising from springs west of Myerstown in Lebanon County, it enters Berks near Stouchsburg in Marion Township and flows in an easterly direction approximately 26 miles until it reaches the Schuylkill River [...]

28 05, 2020

Keystone Hook and Ladder Company No. 1

2020-05-28T13:56:14-04:00May 28th, 2020|Landmarks|0 Comments

The Reading Fire Department was officially organized on March 17, 1773, with the founding of the Rainbow Volunteer Fire Company. The Keystone Hook and Ladder Company No. 1, was organized on December 12, 1855. The company was known by various other names until February [...]

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, [...]

27 05, 2020

House of the Good Shepherd

2020-05-27T23:53:16-04:00May 27th, 2020|Churches, Organizations-Institutions|0 Comments

For more than half of our nation's history, social services were not provided by the government, but by benevolent and religious institutions. As the number of Catholics in Berks County grew, so did the establishment of a number of convents of women religious [...]

27 05, 2020

St. Catharine’s Orphan Asylum for Girls

2021-01-25T08:31:48-04:00May 27th, 2020|Churches, Organizations-Institutions|0 Comments

St. Catharine's Orphan Asylum for Girls was founded due to the generosity of Mrs. Catharine Madary, a Reading widow who passed away on May 22, 1871. Below: The photo below shows the small beginning of St. Catharine's Female Orphan's Asylum. Due to her [...]

27 05, 2020

Hershey Candy Factory – Reading, PA

2020-05-29T14:43:20-04:00May 27th, 2020|Businesses-Industry|0 Comments

Milton Snavely Hershey (September 13, 1857 – October 13, 1945) was an American chocolatier, businessman, and philanthropist. At the age of 14, Hershey, who'd dropped out of school the year before, expressed an interest in candy making and began apprenticing with a master [...]

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