Category Archives: Acquisitions

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 family donates more items

On August 2, 2018, Elizabeth Updike Cobblah and her husband, Tete, got to see the restored John Updike Childhood Home for the first time (“The place looks great!”) and also brought another batch of unique, one-of-a-kind donations for display in … Continue reading

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Miranda Updike visits house, brings family treasures

John Updike’s children—Elizabeth, David, Michael, and Miranda—have been supportive of The John Updike Society from the beginning, even to the extent of participating in the society’s conferences. And they’re supportive of the society’s efforts to restore The John Updike Childhood … Continue reading

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Treasures found at John Updike Childhood Home

In the early ’40s, when John Updike was an adolescent growing up in Shillington, Pa., marbles were treasured by children who played a popular game indoors or outdoors in which a circle was drawn or formed with string, and every child … Continue reading

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Museum acquires Clint Shilling sideboard-buffet

The John Updike Childhood Home recently acquired a sideboard that was owned by Clint Shilling (b. 12 January 1885, d. 10 September 1979) , a local artist who lived at 110 Philadelphia Ave., directly across the street from the Updikes, and who … Continue reading

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