20 05, 2020

St. Paul’s Orphan Asylum for Boys

2020-05-20T21:18:07-04:00May 20th, 2020|Organizations-Institutions|0 Comments

In the nineteenth century there was not the network of government sponsored social service agencies that are in place today. When needs arose, they were generally taken care of by families, benevolent societies, or by religious institutions. In the nineteenth century and for [...]

20 05, 2020

History of St. Joseph’s Hospital

2020-05-20T13:22:32-04:00May 20th, 2020|Organizations-Institutions|0 Comments

In 1872 Right Rev. Monsignor Bornemann, who in his fatherly sympathy had ever been most eager to relieve the wants of poor suffering humanity, purchased a three and half acre parcel of land from the Augustus Vollmer Estate for the sum of $10,000 [...]

20 05, 2020

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church

2020-05-20T12:11:00-04:00May 20th, 2020|Churches|0 Comments

Around beginning of the twentieth century, the first Ukrainian immigrants came to Reading from Western Ukraine and from the Southwestern part of the Carpathian mountain region, mainly from Lemko region. Deeply religious and closely attached to their Church, the Ukrainian immigrants were reluctant [...]

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

End of the Line – Last Passenger Train to Reading & Bringing Passenger Trains Back

2021-02-07T07:38:04-04:00May 20th, 2020|Planes-Trains-Automobiles|0 Comments

On Tuesday afternoon, June 30, 1981, commuters gathered at the Franklin Street Station to board one of the last trains making a run from Pottsville through Reading to Philadelphia waited patiently for the diesel to arrive. The trip would be their last on [...]

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