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The Johnstown Area Heritage Association hosts a broad range of special events throughout the year. Check back often for updates on our calendar of special events, and other JAHA news.

Special Events & News
Featured events:

Hours -- We are open Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00 am-5:00 pm, and Sundays from noon - 5:00 pm through the end of March. On April 1, we resume a visitor season schedule of Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 am-5:00 pm, and Sundays from noon - 5:00 pm (closed Mondays). Welcome!

July-August Walking Tours of Downtown Flood Sites -- (departs from the Johnstown Flood Museum) $3 with museum admission, $5 without; JAHA members free. Every week in July and August, a guide will offer a walking tour of downtown locations that have a story to tell about the Great Flood of 1889. Dates as follows:
Thurs. July 28, 11am
Sun., July 31, 2pm
Thurs., Aug.4, 11am Fri., Aug. 5, 2pm
Thurs., Aug. 11, 11am
Fri., Aug. 12, 2pm
Thurs., Aug. 18, 11am
Sun., Aug. 21, 2pm
Thurs., Aug. 25, 11am
Fri., Aug. 25, 11 am
Fri., Aug. 26, 2pm.

Friday, July 22, 8:00 pm -- Walking Tour: Exploring the Inclined Plane -- (departs from the base of the Incline) Join Curator Kaytlin Sumner for this special evening tour of the Inclined Plane to celebrate the railway's 125th year. $7 ticket price includes Incline ticket.

  • Tuesday, July 26, 6:00 pm -- Curator Talk: The Inclined Plane in Community memory -- (Heritage Discovery Center) Join Curator Kaytlin Sumner for a special program about how the Inclined Plane survived in the 20th century despite drastic changes in city transportation, and the rise of vehicle ownership. Advertised in the 60s as the "World's Only Elevator on Wheels," the Incline transformed from a transportation staple into a historic tourist attraction. $5.

  • July 30-31 -- Community Days at Peoples Natural Gas Park -- (Peoples Natural Gas Park) Join us for this two-day event at Peoples Natural Gas Park! Direct sales vendors, craftspeople, artists, food, or flea market or antique vendors will be there. Questions? Contact Nikole Newcomer at 539-1889.

  • August 4-7 -- Flood City Music Festival presented by AmeriServ -- (Peoples Natural Gas Park) This year's music festival includes Grace Potter, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, The Revivalists, and many, many more! JAHA members get 15% off on tickets -- purchase them at the Cambria County War Memorial Box Office (open 10am-5pm, Monday-Friday).

    Click here to visit the festival website.

  • Sunday, August 14, 1:00-4:00 pm -- Back to School Bash -- (Peoples Natural Gas Park) An afternoon of fun and a chance to get free school supplies! The first 100 students get a backpack full of supplies. Games, food and tons of fun! Free admission.  


    Friday, August 26 -- Galactic with special guests Jarekus Singleton and Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers -- (Peoples Natural Gas Park) The Ann Harris Smith Foundation, in conjunction with the Laurel Auto Group, present the New Orleans funk powerhouse GALACTIC on Fri., Aug. 26, a concert to benefit the Johnstown Free Medical Clinic. Pittsburgh blue-collar rockers and festival favorites Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers will open the show, along with the exciting young bluesman Jarekus Singleton!Tickets are $20 (plus fees) in advance, $25 day of show; they are available online through here. Details on show schedule can be found here.  


    Saturday, October 1 -- Brews & Blues In the Valley -- (Peoples Natural Gas Park) Forever Media of Johnstown (Froggy 95, Rocky 99, 96 Key, Hot 92, Cool 101.7, News Talk 1490 and The Fanatic 990) is partnering again with the Johnstown Area Heritage Association for the fourth annual Brews and Blues in the Valley! This craft and microbrew sampling event continues to grow. Last year’s event sold out with 1100 people attending! For 2016, we expect more breweries and more people.Each patron will be provided with a list of breweries and beers available to sample. They will be given a 4 oz glass for sampling. VIP entrance and sampling will begin at 2:00 pm. General admission sampling time is from 3:00-6:00 pm, and bands continue until 7:00 pm. Food will be available for sale from a variety of vendors.

    The lineup is as follows:
    Who's Your Daddy: 2:00-3:00 pm
    Stone Bridge Blues Band: 3:15-4:15
    Miss Freddye: 4:30-5:30
    Black Cat Moan: 5:45-7:00
    Tickets will be $35 for general admission, $55 for VIP, and $15 designated driver (face value -- online ticketing fees apply). Get tickets online through ShowClix here.



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    ***JAHA News***



    JAHA launches campaign for the train station -- JAHA is asking for community support in raising the final $55,000 to completely renovate and rehabilitate the Johnstown train station. More than $848,000 has already been raised toward the project. Visit the new section of this website, Save Our Station, for much more on this important initiative.

    New exhibit premieres in the Heritage Discovery Center's Iron & Steel Gallery -- In February 2015, a new temporary exhibition, "A Steelworker's Story," opened in the gallery. Guest curator Tom Leslie, who worked in the mill from 1974-1992, collected the items in the exhibition, which include signs, product samples, and personal effects such as safety glasses and lunchboxes. The artifacts document all four divisions of the Bethlehem Steel Johnstown Plant -- Franklin Works, Gautier Division, Lower Cambria Works, and Rod & Wire Mill. The Conemaugh & Black Lick Railroad division is also included. Admission to the exhibition is free to JAHA members, or included with regular admission. Welcome!

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