State Funds Awarded to Local Museum

(HARRISBURG) – The Joseph Priestley House Museum in Northumberland was awarded $40,000 through the Department of Community and Economic Development, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) and Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-108). 

The funds will be used to help with the construction of the Joseph Priestley Science, History and Nature Center.  They could also be used to help with a new exhibit at the museum that is under development.

“I was pleased that the state was able to provide some much-needed funds,” said Senator Gordner.  “The results of the project will further enhance the museum’s ability to educate and preserve vital history.”

“I look forward to seeing how the Joseph Priestley House will be able to reach more people, including young people,” said Representative Culver. “I encourage all residents of the surrounding areas to check out this jewel of a destination.”

“I am very excited about this generous grant,” said Harry Lewis, member of the Friends of Joseph Priestley House Board of Directors.  “We look forward to moving forward with this project and hope it will help us to celebrate the 250th anniversary in 2024 of Joseph Priestley’s discovery of oxygen.”

CONTACT:  Mike Stephens mstephens@pasen.gov