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Historical Presentation Features Penn Street Through the Years

by Keystone Villa at Douglassville

Mar 06, 2019

DOUGLASSVILLE, Pa. — Keystone Villa at Douglassville in partnership with Berks History Center invites you to the retirement community located at 1180 Ben Franklin Hwy East, for the second installment of a three-part historical presentation called “Penn Street Through the Years” on Saturday, March 16 at 1 p.m.

From the Penn Street Bridge to City Park this stretch of streets tells a fascinating tale. Join Keystone Villa at Douglassville and guest speaker Rick Polityka, a volunteer and trustee member for the Berks History Center, to learn more about the establishments that were a part of a bustling era for downtown Reading. Discover a time when wagons and trolleys were used for transportation, buildings that turned into movie palaces like Colonial Theatre, The Embassy Theatre and Astor Theater, and shopping excursions to the ever-popular Pomeroy’s and Whitner’s. Learn all about these hot spots, the stories behind them and more! Refreshments are available.

This event is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited. To register, please call 610-385-5002.

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