Plaque dedication postponed indefinitely

The John Updike Society has been advised by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission that because of Covid 19 we need to postpone the October 3 unveiling of an Official State Historical Marker and plaque celebrating the John Updike Childhood Home’s inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. When it appears safe again to do so, the event will be rescheduled and announced to the public.

The National Register plaque will be affixed to the side of the house; the historic marker, a sign that will be staked in the front yard near the corner, will read:


Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and one of
America’s most noted authors, Updike lived
here until age thirteen. He was inspired
by his mother, an amateur writer, and his
childhood surroundings, which he included
in many works over his 50-year career.
Best known for his “Rabbit” quartet of
novels, Updike was also acclaimed for his
short stories and essays. He was honored
by two US presidents for his contributions
to American literature and culture.

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