Joseph Priestley House

Northumberland, Pennsylvania

Education Programs and Resources

School Tour arriving at JPHA variety of tours and programs are available at Joseph Priestley House for teachers and students including home-school family groups. Come visit the 1798 manor house Priestley and his family built in Northumberland, Pennsylvania, where you and your students can investigate Priestley’s ideas.

Find out

  • About Joseph Priestley and the rubber eraser!
  • What’s a “dissenter?”
  • How cool is teaching girls in school?
  • Who put the “pop” in your soda pop?

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A field trip to Joseph Priestley House addresses Pennsylvania Academic Standards in many subject areas, including social studies, science, reading, civics, and more! School group field trips are scheduled by appointment with special admission rates. Call 570-473-9474 at least two weeks in advance of your desired date to make tour reservations.

The site has two picnic tables available on the grounds if you wish to bring bag lunches.

School Tour
This field trip option includes a 10-minute orientation film, The Legacy of Joseph Priestley, and a guided tour of Priestley House. Groups up to 25 people should allow 1 hour and 15 minutes. Larger groups require additional time.

Summer History Camp
Junior historians having finished 1st – 5th grades participate in hands-on history sessions on three mornings in July. Crafts, games, snacks and fun enhance various thematic presentations and demonstrations focused on the life and times of Joseph Priestley and his family. Advance registration is required. Cost is $30.00 per child for all 3 sessions. Call or email us to request an informational flyer and registration forms.

Further Reading:

Marcus, Rebecca B. (1961). A First Biography: Joseph Priestley Pioneer Chemist. Franklin Watts, Inc.: New York.

(2006) Joseph Priestley & the Discovery of Oxygen. Mitchell Lane Publishers, Inc.: Newark, DE. (part of the publisher’s “Uncharted, Unexplored, & Unexplained” book set)