About the Commemoration
About the Commemoration
Event Schedule
Prior to May 30
Friday, May 30
Saturday, May 31
Sunday, June 1
Path of the Flood Historic Half Marathon & 5K - June 1
After June 1
Event Partners
Event Partners
How to Get Involved
Church Bell Ringing
Support the Commemoration

JAHA is working together with many community partners to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the great Johnstown Flood, and to celebrate our community.

About the Commemoration

The Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA) and National Park Service are leading a group of community businesses and organizations to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Johnstown flood. A full slate of special events will be presented at a variety of venues, including the Johnstown Flood Museum, Peoples Natural Gas Park, and Johnstown Flood National Memorial.

The majority of commemorative events are scheduled for the weekend of Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1, kicking off the summer of special events that are regularly held in Johnstown. Highlights include a presentation of a requiem, a commemoration ceremony at the moment the flood hit Johnstown, the luminaria at the dam site, the Path of the Flood Historic Half-Marathon, and a Community Day at Peoples Natural Gas Park. (See event schedule on this website).

"The goals of the 125th anniversary commemoration are to build pride in our community's heritage, promote visitation here, and position our city as an interesting and livable community," noted Richard Burkert, president and CEO of JAHA.

Although smaller in scale, the commemoration is modeled after the successful centennial that took place in the summer of 1989, and builds on its achievements. The re-opening of the Johnstown Flood Museum and the grand opening of Johnstown Flood National Memorial occurred then, forming the foundation for a new heritage tourism in the area, including the Heritage Discovery Center/Johnstown Children's Museum.

In addition, the success of the Centennial festival in Cambria City helped JAHA and community officials recruit the National Folk Festival to Johnstown for a three-year stay. That event is the predecessor of the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival and the Cambria City Ethnic Festival, and helped inspire many other special events and festivals in the city.

The region has seen significant investment in outdoor recreation as well, with the completion of the Path of the Flood Trail, and whitewater releases from the Quemahoning.

The lead sponsor for the commemoration is Peoples Natural Gas. A wide variety of sponsorship opportunities are available for different events in the program. Businesses that would like more information about sponsorship should contact Richard Burkert at 814-539-1889 x310.

A logo for the commemoration has been developed by The Tribune-Democrat. It is designed with a Victorian flair, and its shape evokes the flood wave. The colors include blue and red, for water and fire.

This website will be continually updated with information about the commemorative events as they are planned.