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Pearl S. Buck: The Woman, The Words and The Wardrobe

Pearl S. Buck: The Woman, The Words and The Wardrobe

September thru December 2015
The Pearl S. Buck House National Historic Landmark and Museum has an extraordinary exhibition celebrating our founder Pearl S. Buck. This limited-engagement Pearl S. Buck: The Woman, The Words and The Wardrobe will be featured in our Exhibit Gallery, located in the Pearl S. Buck International Welcome Center from September through December 2015. The collection showcases the life of writer and humanitarian Pearl S. Buck through a display of her clothing, items from her travels, letters and personal artifacts. 

Philippines & USA Friend to Friend

Philippines & USA Friend to Friend

May thru August 2015
While the Philippines and the USA have historically shared alliances, Pearl S. Buck’s relationship with the Philippines can be considered a friendship. This exhibit showcases Pearl S. Buck’s child advocacy and humanitarian work through the Pearl S. Buck Foundation,  examines the friendships she created along the way and reveals the lasting legacy that remains in country today.

The 123rd Birthday of Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winner Pearl S. Buck

Three days of festivities, fiber art, and cultural lesson

The momentous 123rd birthday celebration for Pearl S. Buck focused on Japanese Kimono and Fiber Arts, including lectures from local artist and quilter of Japanese fiber arts, Nancy Long, and Dr. Anne Kaler, who gave a lecture about Quan Yin, the Asian goddess of mercy.

Nancy Long, who studied Japanese history at the University of South Carolina and is inspired by Asian quilting techniques, spoke about the history of Japanese Kimono Arts and the development of the art form.

“When I was in Thailand, there was no ready-made dresses,” Long said. “You picked out a fabric and took a picture from a fashion magazine to a dressmaker.”

Kimono (key-mo-no) art played a pivotal role in her quilting career, as she has created numerous Kimono designs, some of which were on display at the exhibit. Long also explained the authentic art form and how it evolved over time. “The fiber art of Japan developed in isolation, making it a truly unique expression to the world,” explained Long.

Audiences that attended the second day’s events enjoyed Dr. Anne Kaler’s lecture about Pearl Buck’s Quan Yin statue collection, accumulated during her travels in China, until Buck was banned from the country later in her life.

“Pearl Buck epitomizes the split in human nature between the spirit and the flesh and, like all of us, she struggles to integrate herself into a unified person,” Dr. Kaler said. “And like us, she remained forever divided.”

Dr. Kaler continued about the significance of the statues in Pearl’s life. “Pearl herself kept three Quan Yin statues in her house and one of them to the left of her writing desk, perhaps because she saw them as inspiration.”

The celebration and the speakers highlighted the beauty of Pearl Buck’s life, embodied in the art with which she surrounded herself.

To visit The Pearl S. Buck House and National Historic Landmark Museum, call 215-249-0100.