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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:

  • Friday-Sunday, August 1-3 -- AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival -- Visit for complete details!


  • Sunday, August 17, 1:00-4:00 pm - Back 2 School Bash(Peoples Natural Gas Park) -- Join us for an afternoon of fun as we look toward going back to school! We'll offer lots of fun activities, giveaways and entertainment.

    The first 100 attendees get a free backpack stuffed with school supplies!

  • August 19-23, 7:30 pm -- Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Johnstown Flood Museum) -- The Stone Bridge Players, a newly-formed theatre company under the direction of Rodney Eatman, will present this Christopher Durang show! The Tony Award-winning comedy follows the story of three siblings, Vanya, Sonia and Masha. Vanya and Sonia have never left the confines of their childhood home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, while their sister Masha has been gallivanting around the world as a successful actress. A surprise visit from Masha and her 20-something boy toy, Spike, throws the normally quiet household into utter upheaval as its residents and visitors are swept up in an intoxicating mixture of lust, rivalry, regret, and the sudden possibility of escape. Tickets are $15 (including handling fees) and may be bought in advance or at the door -- click here to get yours online!

  • Friday, August 22 -- Tab Benoit with special guest Jimmy Adler Band -- (Peoples Natural Gas Park) -- Festival favorite Tab Benoit, Louisiana's #1 roots export, returns to Johnstown to play a special show at Peoples Natural Gas Park! Advance tickets are $15 plus fees (total: $17.25); tickets day-of-show will be $20 plus fees (total: $23). Get yours now!
  • Saturday, August 30, 1:30-4:00pm-- Wagner-Ritter Garden Day for Kids (Wagner-Ritter House & Garden, 418 Broad Street) -- Join us as we harvest the season's vegetables in this historic house garden! We'll have lots of garden-themed crafts and activities, too. Free to JAHA members or with admission to the house ($3 for adults & kids 5 years and up). 




    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 works with National Park Service and other organizations to plan Commemoration of the 125th Anniversary of the Johnstown Flood, May 30-June 1 -- A full slate of special events is being planned to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Johnstown flood. Highlights include the presentation of the 1926 silent movie about the flood, a commemoration ceremony the moment the flood hit Johnstown, the Path of the Flood Historic Half Marathon, and more. For much more information, visit the new 125th Commemoration section of this website.

  • JAHA seeks two part-time staff members -- JAHA is currently looking for two staff members, as follows:
    • Janitorial/maintenance -- Experience with electrical and mechanical repairs are a plus! Approximately 30 hours a week. Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends required.
    • Museum staff member -- Employees will handle money transactions, lead tours as museum docent, assist with children's museum programming, water the rooftop garden approx. 2 days/week when in season. Basic computer skills required. If 18 and over, you must either provide or obtain criminal history and child abuse clearances. Experience working with the public and with children a plus.

    Inquire or send your resume to Jayme Brooks if interested!

  • Northwest Savings Bank donates to JAHA through EITC -- On October 16, Northwest Savings Bank stopped by the Johnstown Children's Museum to present a $5,500 check to JAHA. The donation was made through the Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program, a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania program that provides tax credits to eligible businesses that contribute to Educational Improvement Organizations like JAHA. The funding will be used to subsidize field trips to our museums for schoolchildren across the region. JAHA thanks Northwest Savings Bank for their support! (In the photo, Richard Burkert of JAHA, center, accepts the check from Debra Bender and Kevin Volk of Northwest Savings Bank.)

  • 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.

  • Visit hundreds of museums with your JAHA Family Plus membership -- JAHA is now part of the National Association of Reciprocal Museums (NARM) -- which means that we introducing a new level of membership, Family Plus, that allows you to visit hundreds of museums for free! When you join JAHA at the Family Plus membership level or higher, you'll receive free admission to art, history, natural history, and other types of museums throughout North America.

    In Pittsburgh alone you'll get entrance to the Frick Art & Historical Center, the ToonSeum, the Mattress Factory, August Wilson Center and more. For a complete listing of museums that will honor your JAHA Family Plus membership, click

    You can join JAHA at the Family Plus level for $100! For more information or to upgrade, contact Melody Tisinger at 814-539-1889, x315.