Eastern-European Immigration from the Museum Collection

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Born at the turn of the 20th Century in Austria-Hungary, Adam Kratochwill and Christina Stoffel immigrated to Reading in 1922.  After their arrival, Adam found employment as a carpenter, and Christina worked as a “seamer” in a hosiery mill.  They were typical of many Eastern-Europeans who came to Reading in the late 19th and early 20th century in search of new opportunities.  Pictured here is one of two wicker suitcases which they carried with them when they made the journey to America.
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