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Gov. Mifflin Middle School students vist Updike house

On Monday, May 2, about 120 students from Governor Mifflin Middle School toured The John Updike Childhood Home with their teachers, Ms. Werle and Miss McKay. Organizing the event and leading the tour was Director of Education Maria Lester, who … Continue reading

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WFMZ reports on Updike 90th birthday celebration

It was a soft (and occasionally noisy) spring day in Shillington when a crowd of around 40 gathered on the side lawn of The John Updike Childhood Home, 117 Philadelphia Ave., in Shillington, Pa. They came on Friday, March 18, … Continue reading

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In case you missed it: Updike’s 90th Birthday Celebration

John Updike was born 90 years ago on this date. To celebrate, John Updike Childhood Home Director of Education Maria Lester organized and hosted a reading featuring prominent Berks County residents. Watch the Facebook Live recording of the 90th Birthday … Continue reading

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Weather shutters the Updike house for a day

Because of bad weather, the John Updike Childhood Home will not open today, Saturday, Jan. 29. Stay home and stay safe if you have to go out!

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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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