History camp to be held at Priestley House

NORTHUMBERLAND – There’s still time for children to sign up for History Camp at the Joseph Priestley House.

Lindy Fasold and Dixie Gavason, teachers in the Shikellamy School District, have invited Dr. Priestley, the discoverer of oxygen and his friend Dr. Thomas Cooper to visit the camp.

Portrayed by living history interpreters wearing 18th-century clothing, Priestley will perform some of his world-famous experiments and Cooper will show interesting rocks and Indian arrowheads he has found in and around Northumberland.

The camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday through Friday.

The theme is “Everyday Life with the Priestleys.”

Crafts, games, stories and snack time are part of each day’s activities. Children in first through sixth grade may participate. There is a fee per child and the registration deadline is tomorrow.

For a copy of the registration form or information, call 286-4083 or download a form from www.josephpriestleyhouse.org.

The Friends of Joseph Priestley House is a not-for-profit membership organization established in partnership with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The purposes of the Friends are to promote interest in Joseph Priestley and his work and to research and restore the Joseph Priestley House.

To accomplish these purposes, the Friends provide educational programming and conduct fundraising activities. Members receive free admission to Joseph Priestley House, discounted rates at special events and 10 percent discount on purchases made at the gift center.

The Friends always are seeking additional volunteers to staff the visitor’s center and conduct tours of the Priestley House Museum.