The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 2, 2013

Summer History Camps Planned for Priestley House and Hunter House

The Daily Item

— NORTHUMBERLAND — First through sixth graders may now register for Summer History Camps to be held at the Joseph Priestley House in Northumberland and the Hunter House in Sunbury. This year marks the 20th year that the two historic sites have hosted summer camps for elementary students.  

The Joseph Priestley House will hold its camp from 9 a.m. to noon July 24, 25, and 26. The theme is “Everyday Life with the Priestleys.” Lindy Fasold and Dixie Gavason, teachers in the Shikellamy School District, have planned lots of interesting activities that will allow campers to become familiar with the daily activities of the Priestleys at their Northumberland home. Crafts, games, stories, snack time, and visits with special guest presenters are part of each day’s activities. The fee is $30 per child.

The Northumberland County Historical Society will hold camp on Aug. 5, 6, and 7 at the Hunter House at the site of Fort Augusta. The theme is “Everyday Life in Colonial Pennsylvania” and Jo Ann Long and Ruth Heintzelman, camp coordinators, have planned activities that focus on everyday occurrences during colonial times. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and lunch is provided for all campers. A site tour, individual and group activities, crafts, visits from guest presenters, and more are planned for the camp. The fee is $45 per child.

All campers must register in advance. Enrollment is limited to 20 campers at each location and the registration deadline is July 22. Campers are not required to attend both camps. To register, visit or call 286-4083 to request a form.