Author Archives: John Updike Society

You’re invited: Updike’s 90th Birthday Celebration

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Updike house is now an official PokéStop

Director of Education Maria Lester reports that The John Updike Childhood Home is now an official PokéStop, thanks to docent Maria McDonnell. What’s that, you ask? Pokémon (an abbreviation for “Pocket Monsters”) is a media franchise founded by Nintendo, Game … Continue reading

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Updike house ornament contest winners announced

Sometimes John Updike drew a Santa on Christmas cards for people close to him, and Updike, who first aspired to be an artist, often was lauded for his cleverness. So it’s fitting that the docents of The John Updike Childhood … Continue reading

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First open-hours Saturday a success

Twenty locals visited The John Updike Childhood Home on the first Saturday of limited regular hours (12-2pm), Director of Education Maria Lester reported. With a Christmas tree in the parlor the feeling was festive, and a half dozen children also … Continue reading

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John Updike Childhood Home tradition begins

They say good things come in small packages. Surprising things, too. When Updike house Director of Education Maria Lester opened a package recently, she found a smiling John Updike ornament. On the back of the ornament: “Ho Ho Ho! Casting … Continue reading

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Updike house sponsors holiday ornament contest

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Updike house establishes regular hours

Maria Lester, Director of Education for The John Updike Childhood Home, said that the museum will be open to the public with regular hours on Saturdays from 12-2 p.m., beginning Dec. 4, 2021. The only exceptions will be major holiday … Continue reading

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John Updike Childhood Home director moves on

Alvernia University professor Sue Guay, who has served as director of The John Updike Childhood Home since October 2017, has stepped down from that post to concentrate on sweeping changes in the communications program at Alvernia. Under new president John … Continue reading

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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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