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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 November 1, we resumed a winter schedule of Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00 am-5:00 pm, and Sundays from noon - 5:00 pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). Welcome!

  • Friday, February 5, 6:30 pm-- Exhibition Opening for "Committed To Memory: A History of Johnstown in Objects" -- (Heritage Discovery Center) What can objects tell us about Johnstown's unique history? How can the memories associated with them explain our shared past? This new exhibition explores those questions with artifacts from JAHA's collection, including a set of Ukrainian dance costumes, the transmitter from Johnstown's first radio station, a Victorian stained glass window and more. Objects from each century, starting from Johnstown's 1800 founding, are interpreted.

    The exhibition opening is $8/JAHA members, and $10/non-members. Curator Kaytlin Sumner will present a brief talk, and guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Please RSVP to (814)539-1889.

  • Saturday, February 6, 10:00 am-5:00 pm -- New Year, New You: Women's Day at the Heritage Discovery Center -- (Heritage Discovery Center) (Note that this event was rescheduled from its original date of 1/23 due to inclement weather!) Join us for a women's event at the Heritage Discovery Center, designed to make your new year the best yet! $10 admission, or $5 for JAHA members; proceeds benefit JAHA! Free goodies for all attendees! For a complete list of vendors, visit our Facebook event.

  • Saturday and Sunday, February 13-14-- Valentine's Day Carriage Rides -- (leaving from Heritage Discovery Center) Try something different for Valentine's Day! Go on a horse-drawn carriage ride through Cambria City, then return to the cozy Ethnic Social Club at the Discovery Center for a buffet-style Italian dinner and cash bar. The 10-12 minute rides will run between 4:00-8:00 pm, so you can dine at your leisure before or after your ride -- rides leave every 15 minutes from the HDC parking lot!

    RESERVATIONS and pre-payment are required before February 9. Please call us at 539-1889! Prices are $50/couple, $30/individual for dinner, carriage ride, and one complimentary beverage (please bring ID); $15/individual for carriage ride only. The carriage holds 6 people, so note that you may be sharing a ride! A limited number of private trips may be booked for $80/couple. Non-refundable.

    (Weather note: please dress for the weather, but if conditions are too snowy for the horses, we will postpone the event to the next available weekend.)

  • Friday, February 19, 5:30 pm -- (Next to) Last Friday at the Ethnic Social Club with Dave DiStefano -- (Heritage Discovery Center, 4th floor) Join us for acoustic music from Dave DiStefano! Doors at 5:00, music at 5:30. No cover. We're also pleased to welcome guest bartenders from CFO Strategies!


    Stay connected with JAHA! JAHA's social media is updated frequently; you can also sign up for our e-newsletter.

    Click here to download a printable current events flyer. 


    ***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!

  • Support JAHA through GoodSearch and GoodShop -- Help raise money to support JAHA's museums, events and programs online, whenever you search for information or shop at hundreds of popular online retailers, like Amazon, Target, Staples and more! Many valuable coupons are available, too -- and JAHA receives a donation of up to 30% of your purchase. No registration is required to participate -- simply go to, click "choose your cause" and type "Johnstown Area Heritage Association" to begin.