The Ford at the Schuylkill: A Glimpse of early Reading, Pennsylvania from Lenapehoking to Frontier Outpost : an illustrated history

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Synopsis: Reading and Berks County, Penna, history

The Ford at the Schuylkill takes the reader back to the early Indian village sites, the Lenape way of life, tools, and medicine.

The first European pioneers were an intrepid bunch. Drawn to the fertile land, sparked by the promise of religious freedom, each one had hopes of a better life. They did not wear fine English clothing. They were not the landed gentry. These men and women wore buckskin clothing and carried Pennsylvania long rifles. With their sweat and toil they cut down the huge trees, dragged the timber to the new county seat (Reading) and erected log houses and stores on a former Indian village site.

The commingling of these cultures soon led to a clash of cultures called the French and Indian War, when the very existence of the frontier outpost, Reading Town, was in question. Importance of Conrad Weiser, settlers' surnames and town lots, Lenape place names in Berks County, quotes from settlers' journals. Many Indian artifacts photographed were from the collection of Lester Breininger, and were sold at auction by Pook and Pook, 2011.

About the Author: Kathy Miller Scogna was educated at the Thomas School in Rowayton, Connecticut and Colorado Women's College in Denver.

When she was growing up, in the early days of TV's popularity, her parents decided not to make TV available to their children. Instead, Kathy's mother brought home treasures of books from the local library, twenty or more at a time, principally histories and biographies.

Kathy lived several years in California with her first husband and two children. Then she met and married Joe Scogna, from Pennsylvania, an enthusiast and writer in the field of self awareness and energetic medicine. She was proofreader on some fifty of her husband's books and became a writer in the field herself.

There were three children from the second marriage. After Joe's death, she and her five children moved to a farmhouse, part of which had originally been a log house. She began a major renovation, which led to a whole new career. She wrote and produced a history of her township in 1992, followed by five more books.

Ms. Scogna, through The Ford at the Schuylkill, was able to bring forth one of Berks County's forgotten heroes - Conrad Weiser.

As a result of her efforts, through school and civic appearances, when Berks County celebrated its 250th anniversary, Conrad Weiser was declared, Man of the Year

Ms. Scogna now resides in California, where she is publishing the works of her late husband through Life Energy Publications and the Internet.

Ms Scogna has written articles for the Reading Eagle/Times; West Berks Crier; Berks County Living; Company; National Jesuit News; and Historical Review. She has served as Trustee on the boards of various historical societies. She is past Editor of The Historical Review; was awarded Volunteer of the Year (1997) from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and was named a Penn Ambassador in 2000.

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