The Days of Incandescence is a special celebration each 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 and experiences throughout Corning’s Gaffer District.
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.