Joseph Priestley House

Northumberland, Pennsylvania

Priestley Descendants Gathering August 5-6, 2017

The Friends of Joseph Priestley House invite Descendants of Joseph and Mary Priestley to a special two day gathering on Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6, 2017 to visit the Priestley’s American home to learn about the life and achievements of these famous ancestors.

The event is free except for meals and for souvenir T-shirt.  See Schedule of events on reverse side.

The first gathering of descendants at Priestley House occurred in August 1874 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of oxygen.  Another gathering in September 1926 celebrated the opening of the PriestleyMuseum. The third in August 1994 celebrated the 200th anniversary of the emigration of Joseph and Mary Priestley from England to America. This event celebrates you – the descendants.

Schedule of Events:  Priestley Descendants Gathering

Saturday August 5, 2017

9:00 – 11:00 am – Registration

10:00 – Noon – Special guided tours of Priestley House at 10 and 11 am.  The tour includes orientation video, tours of the mansion including the new children’s room, and ample time to view the Priestley timeline exhibit.

Bag Lunch for sale

1:30-3:00 pm – Walking tours of other Priestley family homes in Northumberland

3:00-4:30 pm – Program at RiverviewCemetery where many Priestley family members are buried.  An opportunity to pay respects.

6:00 – 7:30 pm – Buffet (for sale) with after-dinner program.

Sunday, August 6, 2017 

9:30-10:10 am – Joseph Priestley Memorial Chapel for Program of Words and Music

10:30 – Noon – Attend Unitarian Universalist Congregation Sunday service or other local church service.

Bag Lunch for sale

1:00 – 4:00 pm – Oxygen Day at Priestley House with costumed guides in each room and chemistry demonstrations and commentary at 1:30 and 3:00 pm by Joseph Priestley re-enactor Ronald Blatchley.  Descendants will have reserved seating for the 1:30 pm demonstration that usually has capacity crowds. 

Safe travels.  Hope to see you again


Please complete and return the Priestley Descendants Gathering form by   July 1, 2017 or pre-register on-line.

This is a free event. The cost for the evening buffet is $10/ adult, $5.00 /child and $6.00 for noon bag lunches. You may pay at the time of purchase.

We are considering offering a T-shirt souvenir for sale @ $15 each. Please indicate number you may be interested in purchasing and sizes. Shirt would be printed both sides with image of Joseph and Mary Priestley on front and Priestley House on back.

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For information on area lodging and recreation opportunities contact:

  Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau – 800-525-7320

Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau – –800-847-4810

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