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Welcome House Memories

Monday, April 22, 2013 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Time Zone: America/New_York
Local Time: Monday, April 22, 2013 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Association is hosting a complimentary inspirational and historic panel discussion open to the public titled, “Welcome House Memories,” featuring several members of the first Welcome House family.

Welcome House, was established by Nobel Prize winner Pearl S. Buck in 1949, as the first inter-racial adoption agency in the United States, with the help of Bucks County notables Oscar & Dorothy Hammerstein, James Michener, and Lois Burpee. They then recruited the first family, Pennridge School District coach and teacher Lloyd (Poppy) Yoder and his wife Viola, to take 10 children, once unadoptable because of their mixed race, into their hearts and home. 

The program will be in panel format with a question and answer component featuring several of the Yoder children who will share memories of their “gran,” Pearl S. Buck, her husband Richard Walsh, and Poppy and Viola Yoder and their welcoming experience growing up in the Pennridge community.  Of particular note is the participation of David Yoder, the first Welcome House child, who was brought to Pearl S. Buck’s door step on Christmas Eve 1948, later adopted by the Yoder family, and currently serving as chairman of the Board of Directors at Pearl S. Buck International.

Please RSVP for this event by emailing by March 20.


Location: Cultural Center
520 Dublin Road, Perkasie, PA
Fees: complimentary
Category: Community Events
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