Reading (Pennsylvania, USA)

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Reading, Pennsylvania, county seat (population 114,000 in 1950; 83,463 in 2005) of Berks County in the heart of the Pennsylvania-German culture area of Pennsylvania, is the seat of the second largest congregation of the Mennonite Brethren in Christ (373 members in 1957, 87 in 1911) and one congregation (started in 1922) and two mission stations of the Lancaster Mennonite Conference (Mennonite Church) with a total of 82 members. The Lancaster Conference also operates the Mennonite Girls’ Home in the city, founded in 1935. The city lies outside the basic Mennonite settlements in Eastern Pennsylvania, the nearest congregation of the old established settlements lying some 15 miles to the south and southeast. It is a very strong center of the Pennsylvania-German culture area.

Author(s) Harold S Bender
Date Published 1959

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Bender, Harold S. "Reading (Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 19 Aug 2018.,_USA)&oldid=84338.

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Bender, Harold S. (1959). Reading (Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 August 2018, from,_USA)&oldid=84338.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 257. All rights reserved.

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