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Volunteer Happenings

Below please enjoy reading about some of the Volunteer events as well as learning about the recurring annual events.  Please check the Calendar of Events often for new and upcoming events. 

Volunteers are Our Favorite Superheroes

Pearl S. Buck International Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

On May 9th Pearl S. Buck International held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. This year staff recognized volunteers who perform super human tasks every day, helping build better lives for children around the globe and provide opportunities to explore other cultures.

We honor these superheroes, many from the Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Association as well as community and employer volunteers, including the following award recipients.

Volunteer of the Year: Nancy McElwee
Gift Shop Volunteer: Peggy Moore
Special Events Volunteer: Barbara McDonald
Docent of the Year: Ralph Abbott
Office Support of the Year: Nancy Nelson and Nanette Benson-Nicole
Writing Center Volunteer of the Year: Linda Donaldson
Youth Volunteer of the Year: Emma Strausser
Friendship Award: Jamie Hollander

Thank you to the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon Committee: Marie Toner, Kati Sowiak, Pat Morrison and Leslie Lanzi, who planned the event.

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon 2016

Pearl S. Buck 123rd Birthday Celebration

Come Celebrate Pearl Buck's Birthday at the Japanese Kimono & Fiber Arts Exhibit

In recognition of Pearl S. Buck’s 123rd birthday, Pearl S. Buck International hosted a Japanese Kimono & Fiber Arts Exhibit June 24- 26, 10 am – 4 pm in the Cultural Center.   

The exhibit featured wall art inspired by and created from exquisite vintage Japanese fabrics. Fiber Artist Nancy Long studied Japanese History at the University of South Carolina and lived and worked in Asia. She will bring history alive through her collection of Japanese kimono, and peasant fiber art. Her quilts, banners, scrolls and vintage kimonos will introduce the audience to sashiko, indigo, family crests, and the resist dyeing techniques of Japan.

Nancy Long shared her expertise on Wednesday during the Japanese Fiber Arts Lecture - History and Techniques.

The Thursday, June 25th agenda included a Quan Yin lecture by Anne K. Kaler, Pearl S. Buck Writing Guild Editor. Anne’s presentation highlighted Pearl Buck’s personal Quan Yin statues from the Pearl S. Buck House collection.

On Friday, June 26th, guests were invited to sing Happy Birthday to Pearl S. Buck in honor of her 123rd birthday at 1:00 pm.  A Katagami seminar followed featuring Katagami stencils, hand art and Pearl Buck’s personal artifacts from the House collection.  

The three-day celebration sponsored by the Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Association wrapped up on Friday evening, with an Artist Reception and Fiber Arts Lecture.

Annual Happenings

March: Spring Fashion Show

The Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Association holds its “Fashionably Pearl Fashion Show” in March and offers its guests an opportunity to look forward to Spring!  The Franconia Family Heritage Gift Shop and Shekela’s Boutique of Telford present beautiful spring fashions and accessories for women of all sizes. Our Pearl S. Buck impersonator often appears and models exquisite outfits that she thought Miss Buck would choose for this year's events.  Held in the historical Cultural Center, all proceeds benefited the legacy and mission of Pearl S. Buck International.

May: Pearl's Tea and Garden Party

Hundreds of visitors escape the doldrums of winter for an afternoon, with delightful refreshments and special presentations at Pearl S. Buck International, sponsored by the Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Association.  The 2015 program was "Hats & Pearls" and the guests could win prizes during an audience-participation fashion show.  The 2014 program was “The Birds & Habitats Found at Green Hills Farm”, the program featured noted Bucks County birder and bluebird expert Diane Allison.  In 2015, May through August, Diane is leading Guided Bird Walks on the property. 

October: Ghost Stories & Candlelight Tours of the Pearl S. Buck House

Visitors experience authentic, documented ghost tales from Green Hills Farm such as: Devil Harry, the nosy colonial maid, a repentant preacher man, the shrubbery woman all in black, Oliver Twist, Mrs. Loris- the housekeeper, Magdalena- the deserted fiancé & tales of Revolutionary & Civil War soldiers & more in the dark of night!

November: Treasures & Tradition Holiday Craft Show

The Treasures & Tradition Holiday Craft Show has celebrated its 25th Anniversary with record visitors and sales.  The show is open for ten days starting on Black Friday and offeres an array of unique Juried artisans, antiques and collectibles.  Pearl’s kitchen is very busy with sampling of English Toffee, Biscotti’s, jams, honey and dips. A good time is had by all.

December: Pearl S. Buck International Open House Event

The volunteers at Pearl S. Buck International organize an annual Holiday Community Open House to share our mission and spread holiday cheer with complimentary tours to see our annual Festival of Trees tour of the beautifully decorated Pearl S. Buck National Historic Landmark House .  In the tradition of Pearl S. Buck’s Family, community night visitors enjoy holiday entertainment and refreshments in the pre-Civil War Barn Cultural Center. 


Book Cataloging Project for the Historic House

The book cataloging project is an effort to create electronic records of all of the books in Pearl S. Buck's home. In addition to recording basic information, such as title and author, we also record a variety of data, such as a physical description, notes on any handwritten inscriptions and documenting items that have been left in the books. At least one photo of each book is taken to provide a visual verification and a reference. There is a vast range of topics in the libraries and some of the books are extremely old and fragile.

Check out these other resources:

Become a Volunteer
Register for an upcoming Volunteer Orientation
Read the latest news on our Volunteer Happenings
Learn about the Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Association
Download a Volunteer Application (PDF)
Find out what the Volunteers Say Volunteer Testimonials