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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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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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