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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:

Winter Hours -- For the winter months of November-March, JAHA museums are open Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00 am-5:00 pm, and on Sundays from noon-5:00 pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays).. Welcome!

  • Friday, February 27, 5:30 pm -- Last Friday at the Ethnic Social Club featuring Mike Giuffre & One Lane Bridge (Heritage Discovery Center, 4th floor) Join us for a relaxed evening of acoustic music from Mike Giuffre & One Lane Bridge! Mike Giuffre has been playing music most of his life, and is part of one of Johnstown's premier bands - The Whiskey River Panhandlers. He is joining us for the first time as a solo act bringing you some great singer/songwriter music for your enjoyment. He'll also be joined by One Lane Bridge, a rag-tag conglomeration of musicians from the Johnstown area. The brainchild of Mike Giuffre and Micah Mood. they can't truly be categorized in any one genre. They want to bring the not-so-mainstream to more listeners. With a smattering of electric and acoustic guitar, percussion and bass guitar (with the possibility of some other instruments thrown in) they are here to entertain you with covers as well as original songs.

    Doors at 5:00, with music starting at 5:30. No cover.


  • Saturday, February 28 -- Black History Month events (Heritage Discovery Center, education center) The schedule is as follows:
    • 1:00 pm: Clea Hollis of the African-American Heritage Society will present Black History Theme Boards illustrating the many contributions of African-Americans.
    • 2:00 pm: "Occupying Jim Crow: The Fight for Integrated Leisure at the New Jersey Shore, 1865-1900" by Dr. David Goldberg of Pitt-Johnstown -- The fight for desegregation took place everywhere in America -- even Northern beaches. In this presentation, Dr. Goldberg shows how African-American activists used violent and non-violent resistance to contest segregation and regain access to the boardwalks, beaches, and amusement venues of New Jersey. This presentation is part of the Public Matters series, where Pitt-Johnstown professors present their research to the public in a non-academic setting.
    Free and open to the public. 

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  • Sunday, March 8 -- JAHA Journeys: Tour of the Capitol and State Museum (leaves from Heritage Discovery Center) In remembrance of PA Charter Day, JAHA is hosting a tour of the State Capitol and the State Museum in Harrisburg. Tour fee includes admission to museum, the Capitol tour, and transportation. Please note this tour requires about a half-mile of walking. Registration deadline is February 27. Schedule:
      7:15 am - Depart from Johnstown Heritage Discovery Center
      10:45 am -- Arrive at state capitol for tour
      noon: Lunch
      1:00 pm --Arrive at State Museum
      3:30 pm -- Depart from State Museum
      Dinner stop in Breezewood
      7:00 pm -- Arrive at Heritage Discovery Center

    $65 for adults, $60 for adult JAHA members; $45 for children, or $40 for child members. Get tickets online here, or stop by the Heritage Discovery Center gift shop! 

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  • Saturday, March 21, 3:00-5:00 pm -- Swiss-German Cuisine Cooking Class with Chef Dinre (Heritage Discovery Center, 3rd floor) Join Chef Dinre from Schantzstadt Cafe on a culinary adventure! The menu features traditional pierogis with sauteed onions, chicken cordon blue schnitzel with Slovak halusky, and German apple strudel with creme anglaise.

    $30 per participant, or $25 for JAHA members; class will be held at the Heritage Discovery Center's Galliker's Cafe. Please RSVP to 539-1889 by March 18.


  • Saturday, March 28, 1:00-4:00 pm -- A Princess Tea (Heritage Discovery Center, 3rd floor) Join us at the Johnstown Children's Museum for an afternoon of fun fit for a queen! Wear a princess costume or fancy dress. Schedule is as follows:
    • 1:00-2:00 pm -- Crafts and games, including making your own lip gloss and pin the kiss on the frog
    • 2:00 pm: Tea and cookies
    • 3:00 pm: Royal dance lessons

    Admission for dressed princesses and JAHA members is $5.00; princess escorts (parents) and non-members pay regular price. (Admission price includes access to the entire museum for the day). Please RSVP to 539-1889 by March 21. 

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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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