Shillington High School

In 1925, the new Shillington High School was constructed on East Lancaster Avenue on land that was part of the Berks County Alms House complex. An addition of twelve rooms was completed in 1930 and four more rooms were completed in 1936. Their sports teams were known as the Shillington Speeders. Boys teams adopted the name the Speedboys and the girls teams called themselves the Speedgirls.… Read the rest

Introducing Berks Nostalgia Community Forums

We now have a place for our followers to communicate with each other and the blog here at Berksnostalgia.com
Navigate to the Forums using the “Community” tab on the menu bar or at the link https://berksnostalgia.com/forums/

There are different forums including;

Hot Topics: place to talk about current news in Berks and how it relates to history

Neighborhoods: find or start a thread about the neighborhood you grew up in and connect with others from the same place

Schools: Chat about your school and connect with old classmates

Contributor Ideas: Share your own content and suggest ideas for the blog to research & post

Places: have questions or memories regarding certain places?… Read the rest

On this Day – May 1st, 1973

Above the fold in the May 1st, 1973 Reading Eagle (click to enlarge)
Pee Wee Wallace in the Alabamian Vega Gets a slight jump on the Hill Brothers car Sunday at Maple Grove Dragway where eight funny cars competed in the annual Spring All-Pro Series of drag racing. Pete Hill had to shut off on this final run and Wallace sped to victory, his first in three years at Maple Grove.
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5th Street – 1971 Then & Now

Below are Aerials shots from 1971, showing what Fifth street highway/Route 61/Kutztown Road looked like just north of the city. A few of the notableĀ  structures are the Reading Fairgrounds, Bellevue Diner, and Gethsemane Cemetery. The Warren Street Bypass was also noticeably not extended past 5th street at the time of this photo. Five years after this photo, the bypass was connected up to Pricetown Road, as it is still today.… Read the rest