2020 Events

The Joseph Priestley House hosts 4 signature events each year, all open to the public and free admission:

Twelfth Night

Sunday January 5, 2020
4-7 PM

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. 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. Tour the house on your own and visit with costumed docents in each room.  Chemistry demonstration in the Pond Building by Dr. Priestley  at 4:30 pm and 5:30pm.

Charter Day

Sunday March 8, 2020
1-4 PM

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. Free admission!

Oxygen Day

Sunday August 2, 2020
1-4 PM

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.

Halloween Halls of History

Friday October 30, 2020
6-9 PM

Pass through the house on Northumberland’s Trick-or-Treat night! The volunteers will be passing out candy to all who enter.


Other Yearly Events:

48th Annual Pineknotter Days: June 29th 2020 – July 3rd 2020
Check out our Science-themed Ping Pong Ball Toss game at the festival located in King Street Park!

Annual Meeting of the Friends: Wednesday September 23rd 2020 @ 6 PM
Celebrate the work of our volunteers, find out the results of the annual Board election, and hear a dinner talk at the Townside Garden Banquet Hall!


Past Events:

World Doll Day: June 2018
A celebration of all things dolls in honor of Ruth Eleanor McCorkill

Descendants Gathering: August 2017
A gathering of living Priestley descendants: https://wnep.com/2017/08/05/descendants-of-joseph-priestley-gather-in-northumberland/

Gunpowder Joe: January 2017
A play about Joseph Priestley performed by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble: http://www.bte.org/gunpowder-joe-october-pr

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