Joseph Priestley House

Northumberland, Pennsylvania

Calendar of Events

September 12, 2018

Annual Meeting of the Friends of Joseph Priestley House September 12

The Annual Meeting of the Friends of Joseph Priestley House will be held at 6 pm on September 12 at the Townside Banquet Room, Front Street, Northumberland, PA.  Guest speaker will be Kevin Springman.

Start: September 12, 2018 6:00 pm
End: September 12, 2018 8:00 pm
Venue: Townside Banquet Room
Address:
Front Street, Northumberland, PA, United States

August 5, 2018

Oxygen Day

Oxygen Day

Visitor Center open from 1 pm to 4 pm.  Tour the house on your own and visit with costumed docents in each room.  Chemistry demonstrations by Dr. Priestley at 1:30 and 2:30 pm.    Free admission.  Tickets required for demonstrations.

Ron Blatchley as Joseph Priestley testing for oxygen

 

Start: August 5, 2018 1:00 pm
End: August 5, 2018 4:00 pm
Venue: Joseph Priestley House
Phone: 570-473-9474
Address:
472 Priestley Avenue, Northumberland, PA, 17857, United States
Cost: Free

July 25, 2018 – July 27, 2018

History Camp at Priestley House

First through sixth graders may now register for Summer History Camp at the Joseph Priestley House in Northumberland.  The Joseph Priestley House will hold its camp from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, July 25, 26, and 27. Theme of the camp is: ” The Priestley Family in Northumberland“.   JoAnn Long , former  teacher, and volunteers have planned lots of interesting activities that will allow campers to become familiar with the Priestleys and how children lived  in early America.  Crafts, games, stories, snack time, and visits with special guest presenters are part of each day’s activities.  The fee is $30.00 per child.

All campers must register in advance.

Enrollment is limited to 20 campers and the registration deadline is Monday, July 23.  For more information, please call 570-473-9474.

 

 

 

 

 

 



The fee is $30.00 per child.

Enrollment is limited to 20 students at each camp and we will accept registrations on a first come‐first served basis. Please register early to avoid being disappointed. Camp is open to children in 1st through 6th grades.
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Start: July 25, 2018 9:00 am
End: July 27, 2018 12:00 pm
Cost: $30

June 9, 2018

World Doll Day Celebration at Joseph Priestley House June 9, 2018

Doll Day to be celebrated at Joseph Priestley House June 9, 2018

The Friends of Joseph Priestley House will honor long time volunteer Ruth Eleanor McCorkill (Nov 6, 1920 – May 3, 2017) with a celebration on World Doll Day, Saturday, June 9, 2018. from 1-4 pm.  World Doll Day was created in 1986 to spread the universal message of happiness and love.

McCorkill was an active volunteer at Joseph Priestley House beginning in 1991.  She was honored as the museum’s Volunteer of the Year in 1997 and received the Outstanding Service Award of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in 2013. Ruth Eleanor, in costume, served as our front door greeter during special events. Her personal addition to costumed events has been the creation of a miniature doll character, Merry-Merry, an attraction that especially charmed young children who visited.

The event planning committee would like to contact people who would like to be involved, whether to display their own doll collection or a doll from their childhood, or in preparing for the day.World

Persons interested in participating in the event should contact Hope Webster Kopf  570-490-0246  email: hkopf@ptd.net

Free admission to Priestley House.  There is a charge for the Victorian Tea.

To register for the tea party use this form: Tea Party RSVP Form

Ruth Eleanor McCorkill and Merry Merry

 

 

Start: June 9, 2018 1:00 pm
End: June 9, 2018 4:00 pm
Cost: Free excpt for Victorian Tea

March 11, 2018

Commonwealth Charter Day and Priestley’s birthday

Join us for the annual Commonwealth Charter Day and Priestley’s Birthday celebration at Joseph Priestley House.  Visitor Center is open from 1 pm to 4 pm.  Tour the house on your own and visit with costumed docents in each room.  Chemistry demonstrations by Dr. Priestley at 1:30 and 2:30 pm in the Pond Building.  Tickets required for each demonstration.

Ron Blatchley as Joseph Priestley testing for oxygen

Free admission.

Start: March 11, 2018 1:00 pm
End: March 11, 2018 4:00 pm
Venue: Joseph Priestley House
Phone: 570-473-9474
Address:
472 Priestley Avenue, Nolrthumberland, PA, 17857, United States
Cost: Free

January 7, 2018

Twelfth Night at Priestley House

Twelfth Night at Joseph Priestley House, Sunday January 7, 2018  from 4 to 7 pm.

Twelfth Night Celebration

In merry old England Twelfth Night marked the end of Christmas, and it was commonly believed that all seasonal decorations were to be taken down on that date to avoid bad luck for the year.  It was a night of gaiety often filled with practical jokes and short plays.  Have you ever wondered how the Priestley family celebrated Twelfth Night in Northumberland?    A time for merrymaking, the Twelfth Night celebration will feature musical entertainment, experiments by Dr. Joseph Priestley in his laboratory, children’s activities, wassail, Twelfth Night or king’s cake, and other warm and spicy refreshments that would have been enjoyed during the Priestley family’s celebrations. Plan now to attend this festive occasion when the Friends of Joseph Priestley House will host a Twelfth Night celebration on the Sunday evening prior to Epiphany, January 7, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.  The Joseph Priestley House will be decorated for the occasion with greenery and the warm glow of lantern light will add to the ambience of the evening.

Free admission.Visitor Center open from 4 pm to 7 pm.  House decorated as Enlish manor house for Twelfth Day.   Tour the house on your own and visit with costumed docents in each room.  Chemistry demonstration in the Pond Building by Dr. Priestley only once at 4:30 pm.  Limited seating.  tickets available in the Visitor Center.

Ron Blatchley as Joseph Priestley testing for oxygen

 

Start: January 7, 2018 4:00 pm
End: January 7, 2018 7:00 pm
Venue: Joseph Priestley House
Phone: 570-473-9474
Address:
472 Priestley Avenue, Northumberland, PA, 17857, United States
Cost: Free Admission

August 5, 2017 – August 6, 2017

Priestley Descendants Gathering

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 their famous ancestor.

 

Register on-line   Here

Start: August 5, 2017 9:00 am
End: August 6, 2017 4:00 pm
Venue: Joseph Priestley House
Phone: 570-473-9474
Address:
472 Priestley avenue, Northumberland, PA, United States
Cost: Free

May 1, 2017 – August 31, 2017

Time Traveler’s Passport Program – Summer 2017

TIME TRAVELER’S PASSPORT PROGRAM

SUMMER 2017

Priestley House is again participating in the Heritage Alliance 2017 Time Traveler’s Passport Program.  The program offers twelve heritage sites in the Susquehanna River Valley where you are guaranteed to learn something about our region’s history that we bet you didn’t know! Visit at least five of the sites and you’ll be entered to win a $500 prepaid credit card for an overnight stay in Philadelphia, plus four complimentary tickets for both the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Franklin Institute.

Passports are available at participating sites and here

 

 

Start: May 1, 2017 8:00 am
End: August 31, 2017 5:00 pm

January 21, 2017 – February 5, 2017

Gunpowder Joe at Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble

The Friends of Joseph Priestley House is pleased to be one of the  sponsors of  the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE)  production of Gunpowder Joe: Joseph Priestley, Pennsylvania, and the American Experiment directed by Ensemble Member Laurie McCants.   Gunpowder Joe will play Thursday thru Sundays from January 19th through February 5th.

Opening night is Saturday January 21 at 7:30pm.

Thursday-Saturday evening performances at 7:30pm  Sunday matinees at 3pm.

A Symposium with playwright Anthony Clarvoe and BTE  and guest speakers will be held on Sunday, January 22 following 3pm performance.

 

Reservations:  www.bte.org  or 570-784-8181

Start: January 21, 2017 7:30 am
End: February 5, 2017 3:00 pm
Venue: Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble
Phone: 570-784-8181
Address:
226 Center Street, Bloomsburg, PA, 17815, United States

September 23, 2015

Annual Meting of the Friends of Joseph Priestley House

The annual meeting of the Friends of Joseph Priestley House will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at Townside Too, 253 Front   Street, Northumberland, PA17857  (570) 473-2233.  This event will start at 6:00 p.m. with wine and appetizers available as people arrive.  A catered meal will be available at 6:30pm.  A short business meeting will follows the meal.  The program for the evening will be singer songwriter Van Wagner presenting songs and stories of early life in the Susquehanna Valley.

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Van Wagner

 

Start: September 23, 2015 6:00 pm
End: September 23, 2015 8:00 pm
Venue: Townside Too
Phone: 570.473.9474
Address:
253 Front Street, Northumberland, PA, 17857, United States
Cost: $20