WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (WVDN) – Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), Pulitzer Prize winning author and social activist, will be portrayed by veteran actress and historical reenactor Karen Vuranch of Fayetteville, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, at White Sulphur Springs Public Library.
Born in West Virginia, Buck grew up in China with her missionary parents but never forgot her West Virginia roots. She received the Pulitzer Prize for her 1931 novel, “The Good Earth,” and became the first American woman ever to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. She was also a humanitarian and social activist who was deeply concerned about the welfare of children worldwide.
Storyteller, actress and writer Karen Vuranch weaves together a love of history, a passion for stories and a sense of community. Vuranch is known nationally for her work and has toured extensively through West Virginia and the United States. She brings history to life through her unique performance style, combining storytelling and drama to create an engaging presentation.
Pearl S. Buck is one of the many available character presentations offered through the West Virginia Humanities Council’s History Alive! program as a means of exploring history by interacting with noteworthy historical figures. These programs provide audiences with the opportunity to question those who have shaped our history.
Historical characterization is the vehicle for this program. Humanities scholars have carefully researched a variety of sources about the figures they portray such as journals, letters, official documents, speeches, autobiographies and research by other scholars in developing their presentation. This program is available to interested nonprofit groups such as libraries, museums and historical societies. For more information, call the West Virginia Humanities council.
Light refreshments will follow this performance. Call the library at 304-536-1171 with questions.
The library is located at 304 W. Main Street in White Sulphur Springs. This program is made possible in part through the West Virginia Humanities Council and the Seneca Trail Charitable Foundation.
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