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Updike's Shillington home being converted to museum

Updike's Shillington home being converted to museum

SHILLINGTON — With a fresh coat of white paint and a green moat of surgically cropped lawn, the house where John Updike grew into adolescence sits prettily along a busy road in this suburb of Reading. But inside is the detritus of renovation-in-progress — bare floorboards, stripped walls, paint cans, bent nails, wood splinters, patches of wallpaper — covered in dust. "These things take time," Maria Mogford, curator of the John Updike Childhood Home, says with a sigh. "We wanted it to be ready this fall, but ... it has a way to go." When it opens, probably next year, the site will join childhood residences-turned-museums of other famed American...

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