The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 17, 2013

Heritage Day Event at Joseph Priestley House


The Daily Item

— NORTHUMBERLAND — The home of the Rev. Dr. Joseph Priestley, renowned scientist, clergyman and education innovator, will be open on Sunday, Nov. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. for self-guided tours of the 18th century home. Costumed guides will staff the Federal-Georgian style interior, providing information about life in Northumberland between 1794 and 1804, when Priestley pursued his scientific and religious interests here.

Ronald Blatchley, of New Berlin, a retired chemistry teacher, will re-enact the English-born Priestley’s early scientific demonstrations twice during the afternoon, at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. In addition to the lab demonstrations there will be children’s games in several rooms of the mansion.

The annual fall event is sponsored by Friends of Joseph Priestley House. The house is owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and administered by Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission. The Friends group, under an agreement with the PHMC, provides volunteer staff to open the museum to the public on weekends from March through November. Regular admission charges apply.

For further information, www.josephpriestleyhouse.org.