The land was originally inhabited by the Lenni Lenape Indians, but the town itself was founded in 1743.
People Born in Reading
Reading in People's Lives
Jared Leto: I traveled here in 1998 to film scenes of the movie Girl, Interrupted. We filmed at the Reading Public Museum.
Summer Bishil: I traveled here in 2009 to film scenes of the movie The Last Airbender.
Taylor Swift: I was born here in 1989, the first child of a Merrill Lynch financial advisor and a housewife. I was raised in a conservative, Christian household and attented bible school. My father instilled in me a love for my birth-state of Pennsylvania, having been born and raised there, while my mother told me exotic stories of growing up in far-away Singapore. I couldn't have known then that I would one day tour there to a massive fan base. My family moved to another small Pennsylvania town around 1995.