The City of Reading is currently celebrating its 275th anniversary, marking a significant milestone in the history of this charming city. Since its founding in 1748, Reading has played an important role in the development of Berks County and the surrounding region. The city’s rich history and cultural diversity continue to attract visitors and residents alike, making it a vibrant and dynamic place to live, work, and visit.
”The city of Reading is thriving and its on the rise, but we are not going to forget its history. We will make the city of Reading aware of that throughout the year. On this day, the city of Reading celebrates its 275th anniversary of the incorporation as a municipality on March 16th, 1748”, Mayor Eddie Moran announced this morning in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Moran marked the occasion with a proclamation ceremony celebrating the milestone Thursday at City Hall. Many members of the community attended the event, including Mayor Rachel Eden of Reading, England (virtually), and Lord Mayor Thomas Keck of Reutlingen, Germany, who are leaders from our Sister Cities located across the pond. All these official came together to commemorate this important event in the city!
”It’s a special thing to have such a long friendship. Not just on a shared name, but as a similar history. Our cultures have so much in common”, Mayor Rachel Eden said via zoom during the ceremony. ”And it’s nice to see that in our cities, there are parallels in our activities, but although they can be different, they are similar in nature.”
Throughout its 275-year history, Reading has undergone many changes and faced numerous challenges. From its early days as a small farming community to its transformation into a thriving industrial center in the 19th and 20th centuries, Reading has always been a city of resilience and determination. Reading remains a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship, with a strong and growing economy that is poised for continued success in the years to come.
”This anniversary celebration is important to your city and we feel very honored that you have invited us to join you in your celebrations. This is my first year coming to our Sister City and I am very honored to be with you all today”, Lord Mayor Thomas Keck said in the chambers. Since being elected in 2019, this is his first visit to Reading!
As Reading looks towards the future, it is clear that the city’s rich history and strong sense of community will continue. It will be a source of pride and inspiration for generations to come. Whether you are a long-time resident or a first-time visitor, there is always something new to discover and appreciate in this historic and dynamic city.