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Updike Society partners with Governor Mifflin School District

Updike’s Shillington Jr. High and High School, now renamed, are “all in” for the grand opening of The John Updike Childhood Home. Governor Mifflin School District donated items pertaining to their most famous alum—John Updike—that will be on display as … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Historic Marker dedication set for October 2

After a year of postponement due to COVID-19, the Pennsylvania Historic Marker Dedication Ceremony and Grand Opening of The John Updike Childhood Home, 117 Philadelphia Ave., in Shillington, Pa., will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 2, 2021. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Updike house plaque to be unveiled on October 3, 2020

To be unveiled on an exterior wall on October 3, 2020, along with a Pennsylvania Historical Marker:

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PECO Foundation continues John Updike Childhood Home support

The New York City-based PECO Foundation has continued their multi-year support of The John Updike Society’s efforts to preserve The John Updike Childhood Home and turn it into a museum. This year’s donation was $5000. PECO Foundation’s principals, Constance and … Continue reading

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Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation continues Updike Society support

The Robert & Adele Schiff Family Foundation, which gave The John Updike Society the money to initially purchase the house at 117 Philadelphia Ave. in Shillington where the writer said his “artistic eggs were hatched,” has extended its support. The … Continue reading

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John and Gaye Patton Charitable Foundation renews support of Updike childhood home

A John and Gaye Patton Charitable Foundation 2019 Grant of $2000 has been awarded to The John Updike Society in support of the society’s efforts to restore The John Updike Childhood Home and turn it into a museum. “We are … Continue reading

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John Updike Childhood Home receives American Family Insurance award

Because of their work preserving The John Updike Childhood Home and turning it into a museum, The John Updike Society was chosen as one of 100 nonprofit organizations to receive a $2500 donation from American Family Insurance and the American … Continue reading

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JU Childhood Home approved for National Register listing

The John Updike Society today received notice that The John Updike Childhood Home was formally approved for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. The other Pennsylvania property approved this round on April 22, 2019 was Oaks Cloister in … Continue reading

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JU Childhood Home to get Historical Marker

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission announced yesterday afternoon that The John Updike Childhood Home was one of 18 new historical markers approved out of 55 nominees. The other high-profile approval was musician Jim Croce’s home. John Updike, who lived … Continue reading

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