The Days of Incandescence is a special 12-day celebration in October inspired by the actual history and the rather curious mystery behind Corning’s role in making those special glass bulbs for Thomas Edison’s incandescent lamp and, as a result, it’s role in helping spread light across the world.

This multi-day celebration features a collection of events throughout Corning’s Gaffer District taking place on various days and times. A complete list of events will be available in the coming months.

LOTG Edison Bulb
Courtesy of the Corning Incorporated Department of Archives & Records Management, Corning, NY

The world was a much darker place once. Before there were electric lights in every room, in every home, on every street.

Did you know that sometime between 1879 and 1880 young inventor Thomas Edison sent someone to Corning to enlist the glass company’s help in creating the special glass envelopes needed to make Edison’s vision of spreading light into every home a reality?

What no one expected, however, was the role a mysterious young boy would play in making that all come true.

The Legend of the Gathers is the story of that historic encounter between Edison’s representative and the mysterious boy who forever changed the fate of one small town.


Available at the following locations

Corning Information Center
1 W. Market St., Corning


 Events happening during the Days of Incandescence

Crystal City Gallery at The Corning Museum of Glass

Just a short walk from the Gaffer District, explore the recently refreshed Crystal City Gallery at The Corning Museum of Glass where you’ll learn how Corning shaped the modern world with its glass innovations—like the glass envelopes for Edison’s lightbulbs. The gallery features selections from intricate cut glass made in Corning to the story of Pyrex’s impact on the American kitchen. While at the Museum, catch a live glassmaking demo in the Amphitheater Hot Shop and feel the history in the space that once housed the Steuben Glass factory.

Adult tickets are good for two days and local residents receive 50% off their admission. Kids and teens 17 and under are always free.


Check back in the coming months for Days of Incandescence packages from our local accommodations!


A Cooperative Event Partnership between the Steuben County CVB, Corning's Gaffer District, the Gaffer District Business Association, and Urban Corning.