11 02, 2021

Early Irish Settlers in the Iron Industry in Berks County

2021-06-04T12:05:11-04:00February 11th, 2021|Culture|0 Comments

The iron industry had early development in Berks County. During the eighteenth century it steadily grew in importance; and in 1835 the extensive Reading Iron Works were established. This together with the building of canals drew here a large number of Irish settlers. [...]

9 02, 2021

The Seventh and Penn Street Railroad Crossing

2021-06-04T12:05:12-04:00February 9th, 2021|Planes-Trains-Automobiles|0 Comments

From day one of the 20th century it was recognized that the future well-being of the development of center-city Reading was inextricably tied to the Reading Company train tracks cutting right through the very heart of the city at Seventh and Penn. Below: [...]

6 02, 2021

St. Michael’s Convent, Hyde Park

2021-06-04T12:05:13-04:00February 6th, 2021|Organizations-Institutions|0 Comments

Saint Michael Convent began as a “seminary for young ladies,” established and conducted by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The fifty acre hilltop tract and the building were the result of a pious bequest in the will of Henry Felix, [...]

5 02, 2021

Five and Dimes of Main Street, Reading, PA

2021-06-04T12:05:13-04:00February 5th, 2021|Culture, Department Stores|0 Comments

When Woolworth's declared bankruptcy back in 1997, it marked the symbolic end of an era when beloved "five and dime" stores could be found in every big city and small town in America. Woolworth's, Kresge’s, Grant's, McCrory’s, and Green’s were all once a [...]

5 02, 2021

F. W. Woolworth Store, 530-534 Penn Street

2021-06-04T12:05:14-04:00February 5th, 2021|Department Stores|0 Comments

On September 20, 1884, F. W. Woolworth opened a store in Reading, PA at 530-534 Penn Street. The F. W. Woolworth Company (often referred to as Woolworth's or Woolworth) was a retail company and one of the original pioneers of the five-and-dime store. [...]

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