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Pearl S. Buck International Celebrates 60th Anniversary in 2024 with Yearlong Slate of Special Events and Programs

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In 2024, Pearl S. Buck International will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its founding by Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning author, humanitarian, and activist Pearl S. Buck. A slate of events and programming are in the works to celebrate this momentous milestone of bridging cultures, changing lives, and creating hope. 

Hidden Gems: Fashioning A Legacy Exhibit

Kickstart this year of celebration with us and join us for a special limited exhibit, Hidden Gems: Fashioning A Legacy, at the historic Pearl S. Buck Estate in Bucks County, PA. This exhibit will showcase the best representations of Pearl Buck’s personal style through her intact collection of American and Asian fashion, jewelry, shoes, handbags, hand fans, gloves, and associated archival material. A woman well ahead of her time, Ms. Buck had a distinctive style. She had the opportunity to live in two very different cultures and carefully chose clothing and accessories to represent the two halves of herself and her life.

The fashions exhibited will also be used as the vehicle to tell the story of Pearl S. Buck International’s work and impact since 1964 in changing the lives of millions of children, families, and communities around the world. This extraordinary and one-of-a-kind exhibit will open March 15, with a special Pearl S. Buck International members’ and event sponsor preview night on March 14. 

Diamond Anniversary Gala

Join us May 16, 2024 for a special gala at our historic Pearl S. Buck Estate that will not only celebrate this remarkable 60th anniversary milestone but will share six decades of our humanitarian, intercultural and educational work as we build on Pearl Buck’s legacy and bring it forward into the future, thanks to the dedicated generosity of Pearl S. Buck International’s friends, donors, and supporters. Meet the directors of our global affiliate offices and learn about the amazing work they are doing in the field thanks to the support of child sponsors and donors. 

Living the Legacy Breakfast Returns

Pearl S. Buck International’s Living the Legacy Breakfast: 60 Years will return on June 26 – which also happens to be Pearl Buck’s birthday. This heartwarming annual event is a community favorite. Inspirational speakers and videos showcase the lives changed locally and around the globe by the humanitarian, intercultural, and educational work of Pearl S. Buck International. This event will inspire and invite guests to become a part of the 60 years and counting of Pearl Buck’s legacy and story. 

Pearl S. Buck Research and Educational Symposium

Join us September 26-28, 2024 as we host the Pearl S. Buck Symposium at various locations around upper Bucks County. In partnership with the local universities and international institutions, keep an eye out soon for a call for research papers, as we invite local high school, university, and professional scholars to join us in collaboration, discussion, and fellowship at this stimulating and thought-provoking research and educational symposium. 

Other events throughout the year will include an expanded High School Global Leadership Program over the summer, an anniversary edition of the Woman of Influence Award celebrating six decades of women leaders following in Pearl Buck’s humanitarian, cross-cultural, and advocacy footsteps, and a family friendly Lunar New Year celebration in collaboration with the Central Bucks Chinese American Association as we usher in the Year of the Dragon. 

Become A Pearl S. Buck International Member

With all the inspirational events scheduled over the course of 2024 to celebrate Pearl S. Buck International’s 60th anniversary, now is the perfect time to get or renew your PSBI membership. Your membership pays for itself with just three visits to the Pearl S. Buck Historic Estate and includes free tours of the Pearl S. Buck House museum, discounts in our Gift Shop and to our 60th anniversary gala on May 16, and member-only invites to special and signature events throughout the year, including the preview night on March 14 for the opening of our anniversary exhibit.

In addition to all the perks you receive as a PSBI member, your membership helps support our humanitarian, educational, and cross-cultural work today, tomorrow, and into the next 60 years. 

For the most current information about our yearlong 60th anniversary celebration, go to: 

Pearl S. Buck International® provides opportunities to explore and appreciate other cultures, builds better lives for children around the globe and promotes the legacy of our founder by preserving and interpreting her National Historic Landmark Home. 

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