About Us

Our mission is to maintain and promote the house and property of the Pearl S. Buck birthplace so that it should be a living “gateway to new thoughts and dreams and ways of life”.

The Pearl S. Buck Birthplace preserves the birthplace home of the author Pearl S. Buck and interprets her life from its humble origins in the Appalachian town of Hillsboro, West Virginia to her rise to international recognition as a Nobel Prize winning author. The home is a cultural asset for the Hillsboro community, providing opportunities for education, recreation and economic development. We are grateful to the following individuals who have supported the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace with major membership donations. We encourage others to consider supporting us with a gift of $1000 or more and add your name to our Lifetime Membership plaque. It is only through the continued, generous, contributions of our members that we are able to spread the word about the life of Pearl S. Buck and her origins in West Virginia.

The Board of Directors

BJ Gudmundsson, President
Rick French, Vice President
Sherrell Wigal, Secretary
Kirk Judd, Treasurer
Dr. Rob Merritt, Executive Board At Large
Dr. David Corcoran
Joe Smith
Vicky Terry
Suzanne Stewart

Dr. Billy Joe Peyton


Become a Member!

Memberships are essential to funding our day-to-day operations. By becoming a member of Pearl S. Buck Birthplace you enable us to create and foster programs that enrich the entire community and preserve the legacy of West Virginia’s only Pulitzer and Nobel Prize honoree in Literature. You may send your check or money order with the form below. Members will receive our newsletter, FREE Admission to the Birthplace and a Member Cook-Out, and a bookmark specially designed for members.

$1,000.00 – “My Mother’s House” - Lifetime Membership (also includes recognition at Birthplace and
on website, and PSB autographed book)
$ 500.00 – “The Good Earth” - One-year Corporate Membership (also includes recognition at Birthplace
and on website)
$ 50.00 – “Fighting Angel” - One-year Family Membership
$ 25.00 – “ East Wind, West Wind” - One-year Single Membership