20 05, 2020

History of St. Mary’s RC Church, Reading

2020-05-20T00:24:36-04:00May 20th, 2020|Churches, Schools|0 Comments

A skyline landmark in the southern section of the city, the steeples of St. Mary's Catholic Church rise above Twelfth and Spruce streets. Polish immigrants began arriving in Reading around 1850, seeking work and livelihood in the iron foundries here. The majority [...]

19 05, 2020

History of Holy Name High School

2020-06-28T07:18:49-04:00May 19th, 2020|Churches, Schools|0 Comments

Catholic education was in its prime in the early 1960s. Overcrowding at Central Catholic High School and St. Peter’s High School necessitated the need for another High School. In 1961, Bishop Joseph McShea, of the newly created Allentown Diocese, inaugurated a massive building [...]

19 05, 2020

Bavarian Beneficial Association

2020-05-19T22:26:17-04:00May 19th, 2020|Organizations-Institutions|0 Comments

The Bavarian Beneficial Association was located at 2000 Hill Road. The original frame building is the portion on the left in the photo shown below. In 1910, officers and founding members all belonged to St. Paul’s R.C. Church, 151 North Ninth Street, Reading, [...]

19 05, 2020

Neversink Mountain – Civil War Proving Grounds

2020-05-19T21:01:36-04:00May 19th, 2020|Landmarks, Nature & Outdoors|0 Comments

During the Civil War, Scott Foundry, Reading, PA, tested army and navy cannons on the slope of Neversink Mountain. Near the proving grounds was a strong run of water that originated as a spring. Miniature water wheels were constructed and placed along the [...]

19 05, 2020

Park and Garden Entertainment Era of Reading, PA

2020-05-19T15:57:08-04:00May 19th, 2020|Entertainment-Recreation, Nature & Outdoors|0 Comments

As early as 1850, most of the outdoor entertainments were in parks shaded by huge trees with a thick covering of tan bark on the ground. Variety acts with pioneer gymnasts and acrobats, orchestra and band concerts, and choral organizations entertained enthusiastic gatherings [...]

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