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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!

  • Thursday, September 10-Friday, September 11 -- Johnstown Film Festival (Heritage Discovery Center) -- Our annual film shorts competition! For complete event details, visit the Film Festival portion of this website.

    The festival spotlights the work of independent filmmakers from the Johnstown region and all over the world.

    Both evenings will be held at the Heritage Discovery Center.

  • Sunday, September 13 -- Curator Talk and Walking Tour: Booming Downtown (Johnstown Flood Museum)1:00 - 1:45 pm Curator Talk, Johnstown Flood Museum

    Join Curator Kaytlin Sumner for a special program on Johnstown's Booming Downtown area between the 1940s and the 1960s. Artifacts from JAHA's collections never before on exhibition will be displayed, including artifacts from past businesses and cultural institutions.

    Cost: $10 for adults, $8 for members, $6 for children, $4 for child members. Two dollar discount if participating in both programs.

    2:00 - 3:30 pm Walking Tour of Downtown Sites

    Join Curator Kaytlin at the Johnstown Flood Museum Gift Shop for a special walking tour of portions of Washington, Market, Main, Franklin and Clinton Streets.

    Cost: $6 for adults, $5 for adult members, $4 for children, $3 for child members. Two dollar discount if participating in both programs.

    For reservations or information, call (814) 539-1889. Walk-ins are welcome! 


  • Saturday, September 19, noon-11:00 pm -- Simply Slavic Festival (Heritage Discovery Center)The first Simply Slavic Festival will present the authentic music and dance of various Slavic ethnic groups, and will also feature heritage food and craft sales, and speakers. It will be staged in the Heritage Discovery Center parking lot and courtyard! More information to be posted soon. Visit for more on this endeavor!

  • Saturday, September 26 -- Blues & Brews in the Valley (Peoples Natural Gas Park) - Presented by Forever Broadcasting and JAHA! Don't miss the third annual beer tasting event. This year's bands are Habatat, Black Cat Moan, Stone Bridge Blues Band, and Pittsburgh's own Jimmy Adler Blues Band. Get tickets online here, or in person at the Cambria County War Memorial. VIP tickets also available! Please note that you must have an advance ticket -- NO tickets will be sold at the door!
  • Saturday, September 26, 8:00 pm -- Slap Shot (Peoples Natural Gas Park) Join us for a screening of the iconic hockey movie Slap Shot, filmed here in Johnstown in 1977!Kick off Hockeyville weekend in Johnstown with a screening of the iconic Paul Newman film Slap Shot! Filmed in Johnstown at the Cambria County War Memorial, the R-rated 1977 film tells the story of a struggling hockey team and its coach. "Raw, raunchy, and absolutely hilarious," said one critic -- "Funny, frank, and violent, George Roy Hill's absorbing film about minor league hockey offers a wonderful comic performance from Newman," noted another.

    If you attend Brews & Blues in the Valley on Sept. 26, you receive free admission to the screening! If you wish to attend the screening only, admission is $5 at the door. Food and beer will be available for sale.

    Doors open for Slap Shot at 6:30 pm, and the movie will be screened at 8:00. Come dressed as your favorite Slap Shot character, or in Johnstown hockey apparel -- prizes will be awarded! 




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    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!

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