Mar. 1 Pearl S. Buck Friends Program

Learn about Pearl S. Buck at the Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library After-meeting Program at 1:30 pm on Thursday, March 1 in the Community Room. In celebration of Women’s History Month and sponsored by the Friends. This is free and open to the public.

The presentation will take place at the conclusion of the Friends business meeting.

The Life and Legacy of Pearl S. Buck

In her lifetime Pearl S. Buck published nearly 1,000 works, was the first American and first woman to garner both the Pulitzer and Nobel Awards.  In addition to her many literary achievements, Pearl Buck was a driving force in humanitarian causes.  She had spent her life divided between the two countries of China and the United States which made her a longtime advocate of cross-cultural understanding and racial harmony as a means of achieving world peace. As early as the 1930’s, she was a vocal supporter of the Civil Rights Movement and she fought prejudice wherever she found it.  She took part in creating a group called the East and West Association and Asia Magazine which had the purpose of interpreting the countries of the East and West so that there may be a better understanding between the peoples of the world. In 1949, when she became aware of the immense problem of children of mixed race without homes, Pearl Buck and her friends in Bucks County, founded The Welcome House Adoption Agency.  In 1964, the Pearl S. Buck Foundation was created as  a child sponsorship organization to help children in their own countries with health, education and job training.

Her work continues today by providing opportunities to explore and appreciate other cultures, build better lives for children around the globe and promoting the legacy of our founder by preserving and interpreting her National Historic Landmark home in Perkasie, Pennsylvania.