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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 -- On April 4, we resumed our visitor season hours of Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 am-5:00 pm, and Sundays from noon - 5:00 pm (closed Mondays). Welcome!


  • Saturday, May 23 -- Path of the Flood Historic Races (ends at Peoples Natural Gas Park) The flood is returning to Johnstown -- a flood of RUNNERS! As in 2014, we're offering a half-marathon and 5K, and new this year is a 10K. For complete details and registration info, visit the Path of the Flood Historic Races page on this website. Registration deadline is April 30, so hurry! 

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  • Friday, May 29, 5:30 pm -- Last Friday at the Ethnic Social Club (Heritage Discovery Center, 4th floor) This month, we're delighted to welcome back Johnstown favorites Whiskey River Panhandlers! Doors at 5:00, with music starting at 5:30. No cover.

  • Saturday, May 30, 8:00 am -- JAHA Journeys: Henry Clay Frick Sites (leaves from the Heritage Discovery Center)
    Go on the road with JAHA and explore local history. Learn about Henry Clay Frick's life and times with a trip to the Frick Art and Historic Center of Pittsburgh and the West Overton Museum of Scottsdale, Frick's birthplace. In Pittsburgh, you will have the opportunity to tour Frick's home, Clayton as it appeared in 1900, as well as the Frick Art Museum, known for its collection of 14th - 18th century European art pieces. In West Overton, you will have the opportunity to tour a complex of historic buildings, including the 1830s Overholt Homestead (the home of Frick's grandparents), the 1859 Whiskey Distillery in which Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey was produced, and the Springhouse, Frick's birthplace.

    The trip includes a stop for lunch in Monroeville to visit Max and Erma's, known for their award-winning burgers, locally brewed beer, and fresh-baked Chocolate Chip Cookies.

    $70 for non-members, $65 for members (not recommended for children under 12)
    Lunch and admission to all museums is included.Tickets can be purchased by calling JAHA at 814-539-1889. Reservations must be made by May 11, 2015.

    Itinerary:
    8:00 am-- Depart from Heritage Discovery Center
    10:00 am -- Arrive at The Frick
    1:00 pm -- Arrive at Max and Erma's
    3:00 pm -- Arrive at West Overton Museum
    6:00 pm -- Arrive at Heritage Discovery Center
     

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  • Sunday, May 31, 1:00 pm -- Walking Tour of Johnstown Flood Sites (leaves from the Johnstown Flood Museum)Join Curator Kaytlin Sumner for a hands-on tour of Johnstown Flood history on the 126th anniversary of the disaster. Hear the stories of survivors and honor the victims in this memorial walk. The tour includes approximately 1.6 miles of walking. Space is limited, please reserve by calling 814-539-1889.

    $6/adults, $5/adult JAHA members; $4/children. $3/ JAHA child members.


  • Sunday, May 31, 6:00 pm -- Curator Talk: Johnstown Flood Relics (Johnstown Flood Museum)In this special behind-the-scenes tour, participants will have the opportunity to explore some of the artifacts of the Johnstown Flood not currently on display at the Johnstown Flood Museum.

    JAHA Curator Kaytlin Sumner will share stories about artifacts and discuss what they can tell us about the people of Johnstown in 1889. Please pre-register by calling 814-539-1889.

    $12/adults, $10/adult members; $7/children, $5/child members (includes admission to the museum).



  • Thursday, June 11, 7:00 pm -- Documenting Disaster: Photographs of the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889 (Johnstown Flood Museum) Join Dr. Scott Dimond, Curator of Visual Arts for the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (SAMA), as he discusses the one of the most photographed disasters of the nineteenth century. Dimond will examine photographs of the Flood and the ways in which their creators attempted to tell a coherent tale of suffering, courage, and redemption. Dimond argues that “although historians have tended to dismiss these cameramen as sensational-seeking opportunities, they performed a valuable service in their efforts to derive meaning from the chaos and devastation that horrified Americans across the country.”

    This program is presented in partnership with SAMA and the Cambria County Historical Society. It is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested to 539-1889.

  • Saturday-Sunday, July 11-12, Community Days at Peoples Natural Gas Park (Peoples Natural Gas Park) Now seeking vendors for this two-day event benefiting the Johnstown Children's Museum! This event will be open to any direct sales vendors, craftspeople, artists, food or flea market type vendors.

    JAHA reserves the right to accept or reject any application at our discretion. Food vendors will be required to file an additional application and are subject to additional fees with the City of Johnstown. Information will be given by JAHA to any interested food vendors prior to us accepting their application. No food or beverages are permitted to be sold unless the vendor has the required City of Johnstown permit.

    Each space will be 10' x 10', electricity is available upon request. You may bring your own tent, tables and chairs. All tents must be secured with tie downs. For additional fees we do have a limited number of indoor spaces available, as well as 6' and 8' tables. These will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis, depending on postmark of your application. You will be notified of availability upon receipt of your application.

    Download a complete application here. 

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  • August 7-9 -- AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival (Peoples Natural Gas Park) Get your 3-day passes and packages at early-bird prices now -- prices go up on June 5! Visit floodcitymusic.com for all the details on this year's festival.
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    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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