Wednesday, May 22, 2013

New Pearl S. Buck Novel to be Available in the Fall

According to the New York Times, a recently discovered novel by Pearl S. Buck, The Eternal Wonder,  will be released this fall.
Forty years after being written, an unpublished novel by Pearl S. Buck, the Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, will be released this fall, her publisher said on Tuesday. 
The manuscript was stumbled upon in a storage unit in Texas and returned to the Buck family in December in exchange for a small fee, said Jane Friedman, the chief executive of Open Road Integrated Media, the publisher.
The Kindle Ebook is already available for pre-order on Amazon.com.  Remember that a portion of the proceeds from any purchases you make from Amazon through the links on this site benefit the Birthplace, so if you are interested in a pre-order, consider doing so here!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Beyond Pen Pals Educational Outreach in its Second Year

The Birthplace is continuing is Beyond Pen Pals program this year, once again working with the 8th grade class taught by Jan Jonese at Marlinton Middle School.  According to an article on the collaboration in the May 2nd edition of the Pocahontas Times, 
Pearl S. Buck Birthplace volunteers Chris Butsavage and Jolie Lewis are working with the students in the Beyond Pen Pals program, which connects them with a classroom in Bandung, Indonesia.

Butsavage just happens to be friends with a teacher in Bandung who helped connect the classrooms.
“I’ve been very close friends with him,” Butsavage said. “We went to college together at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He’s teaching English [there].”  Click here to read more.

Former Americorps Volunteer's Book about the Birthplace Now Available as an EBook

Spring and Summer at the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace, by former Americorps volunteer Michael A. Toler, is now available as an EBook for $9.99 via Blub.com or on iTunes.  The book was the subject of an article by Suzanne Stewart in the May 9th issue of the Pocahontas Times.
While he was an AmeriCorps volunteer at Pearl S. Buck Birthplace, Michael Toler, now of Boston, Massachusetts, kept a blog about the Birthplace and a collection of photos on Instagram.
Toler never thought to combine the words and images in a book until his friend, graphic designer Martin Magee, made the suggestion...
Click here to continue reading.
The blog referred to in the quotation is, of course, the one you are reading now.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book benefit the Birthplace, so get your copy now.  

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Horses, Scythes, Tomatoes, and Ice Cream. Sunday at the Pearl Buck Birthplace.


Sam Arbogast and his Suffolk Draft Horses
The Historic Garden Tour at the Birthplace today took a hands-on turn as participants were invited to take a turn at turning up a row in the field using the plough horses and cut down some cover crops using a scythe before sitting down for homemade ice cream.  

It turned out to be a perfect day for the event, in spite of a rainy morning that had us thinking we might have to postpone or even cancel the event again.  Fortunately it cleared and because the rain hadn't been as hard and concentrated as it had last Sunday morning, the ground was fine for ploughing.   

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Changes or Where Did My Snack Food Go?

 When I walked up the to open the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace today, this is what the door looked like.  Do you notice anything different from this time last week?  Can you see all the ground that's been dug up, and how the gutters now go into the ground?  All that straw covers where the ground was dug up in order to install underground pipes called French Drains that carry rain water from the gutters underground and away from the house.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Today's Event Postponed One Week

PLEASE NOTE: Today's events at the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace have been postponed due to wet ground and grass. Join us next week, August 26, at the same time!

Check out events at the Pretty Penny for an alternative event today!

Friday, August 17, 2012

New Items in the Gift Shop

Check out some of the new items in the Birthplace Gift Shop.  In addition to note cards and other items featuring images of the Birthplace, we've now carry Good Earth Organic Tea, and it has already proven to sell well.  Most varieties of tea originated in China, India or elsewhere in Asia thousands of years ago, so it was astute for this company to take their name from Pearl Buck's best selling novel.  It's delicious tea, too!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Seeking Used Copies of THE EXILE and FIGHTING ANGEL

We recently placed an order for some of Pearl S. Buck's novels in paperback to offer for sale in the gift shop, and they've already arrived. They will certainly make and attractive display, with their bright covers, but I was disappointed to find that you can no longer order new copies of The Exile or The Fighting Angel, the two books that most directly talk her parents' lives in West Virginia and the time she herself spent at the Birthplace.

It seems the books are no longer in print.  That is unfortunate.  I am reading the The Exile now and finding it very interesting.  So much so that as soon as I've finished this biography of her mother, I will proceed to that of her father,  The Fighting Angel.  Of course from our perspective, these are also the books it makes the most sense for us to stock.  Many of the stories we tell on our tour come directly from them.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Trip to Buck's Pennsylvania Home Planned

The Pocahontas Times reports:
Local fans of Pearl S. Buck are invited to join the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation, Inc. on November 3 and 4 for a visit to Buck's home in Perkasie, Pennsylvania. The overnight excursion will include transportation, lodging, a tour of Green Hills Farm and a showing of local playwright Courtney Smith's play Welcome Home.
For more information, continue reading the article in the Times. You may also contact us online or at (304) 653-4430.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Capacity Crowd for West Virginia Sesquicentennial Lecture

I knew we would have a good crowd for Kenneth Bailey's "Scratch 'em and Sue 'Em" lecture on Friday evening when I began receiving calls at the office asking if we were taking reservations.

Sure enough the Sydenstricker House was filled to capacity as Dr. Bailey, Professor of History, author, and one of the leading experts on the legal fall out of the Civil War in West Virginia, spoke about issues such as voting rights, property claims, and even the value of confederate money.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Need Birthplace Brochures?

I've noticed a number of attractions around the area that still have the old brochure depicted below in their racks.  It's several years old and contains inaccurate hours of operation.  

If you have these contact us for replacements.  Click this link to see the correct brochure.  
Old Brochure
New Brochure

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

2014: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Birthplace

In this 1970 photo Pearl Buck begins the restoration of her home by knocking out a piece of porch railing of her Birthplace while back West Virginia for an environmental seminar.  Four years later we held out grand opening on May 4, 1974.  Sadly, Pearl died at the beginning of March in 1973, so she didn't get to see the opening, but it must have already been clear the house would indeed be successful as a gateway to "new hopes, dreams and ways of life" as she wished it to be

The project was and has continued to be a community endeavor.  In the coming months we'll post photos and stories of that effort in this blog.  Everyone involved with the Birthplace, from the moment a commitment was made to save the home to today should feel some sense of pride in the collaborative endeavor.

May 4, 2014 will mark the 40th Anniversary of our opening, and we think it deserves to be celebrated.  Unfortunately, that porch railing that Pearl S. Buck is knocking taking a whack at in the picture is once again in need of repairs and painting, as is the entire house.