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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!

  • Friday, April 24, 5:30 pm -- Last Friday at the Ethnic Social Club featuring Stone Bridge Blues Band (Heritage Discovery Center, 4th floor) This month we're featuring classic blues from The Stone Bridge Blues Band! Doors at 5:00, with music starting at 5:30; no cover.
  • Saturday, April 25, 10:00 am-noon -- Lego Junior Creators' Club (Heritage Discovery Center) Join Snapology for Spring Saturdays at the museum! Kids aged 2-6 are invited to participate in various creative play activities with Lego bricks and other building materials, designed to promote creative, social, and expressive skills.

    Cost is $15 per child, or $25 for both sessions (if you attended on April 18) -- and includes admission to the Heritage Discovery Center for an adult and a child! Visit to learn more, and click "enroll now" to register! 


  • Monday, April 27, 6:30 pm -- Chocolate: The Pennsylvania Connection (Heritage Discovery Center, education room) The aroma of chocolate wafts in the air as presenter Susan McLelland Plaisted connects the cultural use of chocolate from Meso-America to Europe and back to colonial America and Pennsylvania. Learn the basics of cacao cultivation, harvesting and fermentation. Examine Mayan, Aztec and European artifacts to compare and contrast chocolate in different societies and explore the place of chocolate in Pennsylvania. Participants have the opportunity to grate "chocolate cakes" and make and sample a historic chocolate beverage.

    Presented by the Pennsylvania Humanities Association in association with the Johnstown chapter of the American Association of University Women and JAHA. Free and open to the public.

  • Saturday, May 2, 9:00 am-3:00 pm -- Boy Scout Merit Badge Day (Heritage Discovery Center, education room) -- Entire troops or individual Scouts are invited to earn the Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge, and/or the Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge (both are Eagle Scout requirements)! Click here for a downloadable registration flyer with complete details.  


  • Friday, May 15, 5:00 pm -- Basket Bonanza Benefit (Heritage Discovery Center) Your $5 admission provides you with 26 chances to win, and you can buy additional chances for $5! More than 100 awesome baskets, plus a 50/50 drawing and other games of chance. A cash bar and food will also be available. Proceeds benefit the Johnstown Children's Museum. Doors at 5:00 pm, and drawings begin at 7:00. Tickets available now at the Heritage Discovery Center front desk! Donations are now being sought for baskets -- if you can help, contact Jen at 539-1889.

  • Sunday, May 17, 1:00 pm -- Morley's Dog Show (Peoples Natural Gas Park) Register your pet, or just join in the fun! Awards will be given for Best In Show, Best Trick, Owner & Dog Look-A-Like, Big Dogs, Little Dogs, High Fashion and more. Basket raffles, silent auctions of pet pictures by students, and more. Proceeds benefit the Johnstown Children's Museum. Registration is $15 per dog, and people are admitted free! Click here for a downloadable registration form.

  • 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! 


  • 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.

    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


  • 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).



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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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