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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:

  • Saturday, September 20, 4:00 pm - Dedication of new Stone Bridge marker (Point Park, along Washington Street) JAHA will dedicate a new interpretive marker about the Stone Bridge at Point Park. The marker tells the story of the bridge's construction as part of the Pennsylvania Railroad, and its role in the 1889 Johnstown Flood. JAHA is pleased to welcome Mr. A. Gilchrist Sparks III, a great-grandson of Andrew Sparks (whose firm built the bridge), for the ceremony. Free and open to the public.

  • Thursday, September 25, 6:00 pm - Mark Pasquerilla & Ed Sheehan, Jr. turn 110! (Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center, downtown Johnstown) Remember Mark and Ed's 100th birthday party? It's time for their 110th! This year's theme is Still Kickin' After All These Years. Join them and a few hundred friends for live music from the legendary Billy Price and Airborne (featuring Jeff Jimerson, the national anthem singer for the Pittsburgh Penguins), food, drinks and a lot of fun. There will be no long speeches or long formal program. The seating and dress will be informal. The proceeds from this event will benefit the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies' Fund for the Future, the YMCA's capital campaign and JAHA's capital campaign. Get tickets online here!

  • Saturday, September 27, 3:00 pm -Brews & Blues in the Valley (Peoples Natural Gas Park) Join us for the second annual Brews & Blues, presented by JAHA and Forever Broadcasting! Each ticketholder (except Designated Drivers) will receive 20 three-ounce samples from breweries around the country. All attendees must be 21 or older. You MUST present valid ID. Music by Stone Bridge Blues Band, Jukehouse Bombers, Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats, and Felix & the Hurricanes. Details, including a brewery list, and tickets are available online! 


  • October 3-5 - Allegheny Adventure X-Fest (Peoples Natural Gas Park and many additional venues) This activity-filled weekend for recreation enthusiasts will be presented at Peoples Natural Gas Park and the surrounding rivers, trails, and roads! The event includes a wide variety of races (including the Johnstown Marathon, a regatta, a paddling race and more), gear swaps, demonstrations, exhibits, and much more. Live music and craft beer will be part of the festivities! Visit for details, and click here for a downloadable schedule. 


  • Saturday, October 11, 1:00-4:00 pm - Sauerkraut Day at the Wagner-Ritter House (Wagner-Ritter House & Garden) A costumed interpreter will demonstrate how German families like the Wagners and Ritters made sauerkraut! Free to JAHA members or with admission.

  • Thursday, October 23, 6:30-8:30 - Archives Workshop (Johnstown Flood Museum, 3rd floor) Interested in history, archival research, and preservation? Join us for a presentation by JAHA curator Kaytlin Sumner on how to research your family history, local history, and what resources JAHA has that can help. The workshop will include a short tour of the second floor archives of the Johnstown Flood Museum, which are not usually open to the public. Cost is $8 for members, $10 for non-members.

  • Saturday, October 25, 1:30-4:00 pm - Halloween at the Johnstown Children's Museum (Heritage Discovery Center, 3rd floor) -- Stay tuned for details! 




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    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.