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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:

Winter Hours -- For the winter months of November-March, JAHA museums are open Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00 am-5:00 pm, and on Sundays from noon-5:00 pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays).. Welcome!

  • Friday, January 30, 5:00 pm -- Last Friday at the Ethnic Social Club (Heritage Discovery Center, 4th floor) Last Fridays resume this month! Join us for a relaxed social time featuring acoustic music from Justin Giuffre & the Pilgrimage. Doors at 5:00, with music starting at 5:30; no cover.

  • Saturday, January 31 -- JAHA Journeys: 8th Annual Groundhog Wine Festival (leaves from Heritage Discovery Center) Attend the 8th Annual Groundhog Wine Trail Festival and leave the driving to us!High-quality craft vendors, live entertainment, and 17 wineries are part of this event. Fee includes admission to the festival and transportation. Schedule:
      noon - Depart from Johnstown Heritage Discovery Center
      2:00 pm -- Arrive at wine festival, featuring 17 wineries
      4:00 pm: Depart wine festival
      4:30 pm: Arrive at Hedge's Restaurant
      6:00 pm -- Depart for Johnstown

    $50 for adults, $45 for adult members (a designated driver ticket is also available). Get tickets online here, or stop by the Heritage Discovery Center gift shop!

  • Saturday, February 14 -- Valentine's Day Carriage Rides (leaves from the Train Station, Washington Street) Try something different this Valentine's Day -- take a ride in a covered, horse-drawn carriage through downtown, provided by Misty Haven Carriage Rides of Davidsville. Each carriage ride is 10-12 minutes long, so dress warmly! The schedule is as follows:
    • 3:00-4:00 pm -- No reservations required! $5 per rider.
    • 4:00-8:00 pm -- Private carriage rides, including entrance to the train station for appetizers and a complimentary beverage (please bring ID)! Reservations are required! $40 for couples, or $60 for family groups (up to 6 people). Please RSVP by Feb. 9 by calling the JAHA office, 814-539-1889. There will be a few vendors inside the train station, including Blaine Boring's Chocolates, a florist, and a photo booth.

  • Saturday, February 21, 3:00-5:00 pm -- Cooking Class with Chef Dinre: Hors d'Oeuvres and Petit Fours (Heritage Discovery Center, Galliker's Cafe) If you love throwing parties and want to impress your friends with fancy (yet affordable) hors d'oeuvres and petit fours, then this class is for you! Schantzstadt Cafe's Chef Dinre will lead this fun, informative class. Maximum class size is 25, so register your spot by contacting Jayme Brooks at 538-1889, ext. 311. Cost is $30, or $25 for JAHA members. Deadline for reservations is February 18 (in the event you must cancel, please give 24 hours notice to avoid a cancellation fee).

  • Saturday, February 28 -- Black History Month events (Heritage Discovery Center, education center) The schedule is as follows:
    • 1:00 pm: Clea Hollis of the African-American Heritage Society will present Black History Theme Boards illustrating the many contributions of African-Americans.
    • 2:00 pm: "Occupying Jim Crow: The Fight for Integrated Leisure at the New Jersey Shore, 1865-1900" by Dr. David Goldberg of Pitt-Johnstown -- The fight for desegregation took place everywhere in America -- even Northern beaches. In this presentation, Dr. Goldberg shows how African-American activists used violent and non-violent resistance to contest segregation and regain access to the boardwalks, beaches, and amusement venues of New Jersey. This presentation is part of the Public Matters series, where Pitt-Johnstown professors present their research to the public in a non-academic setting.
    Free and open to the public. 


  • Sunday, March 1, 9:30-5:30 pm -- JAHA Journeys: Greensburg trip to see Into the Woods -- Don't miss this special trip to Greensburg! At the Geyer Performing Arts Center, we'll see Into the Woods, a Stephen Sondheim hit based on the Brothers Grimm fairytales. This musical masterpiece follows classic characters in their journey of learning the responsibility that comes with getting what you want.

    Lunch includes a brunch buffet at The Supper Club, a 100-year-old train station, turned restaurant. This beautiful location supports local agriculture with a farm to table philosophy.

    9:30-10:00 am -- check in at the Heritage Discovery Center
    10:00 am - - Departure
    11:00 am -- Arrive at Westmoreland Museum of Art, Greensburg
    12:15 pm -- Arrive at The Supper Club for lunch (included in ticket price)
    1:45 pm -- Arrive at Geyer Performing Arts Center, Scottdale
    5:30 pm -- Approximate arrival at the Heritage Discovery Center

    Tickets are $70 adults, $65 adult JAHA members, and $55 children (2-16), $50/children JAHA members. Lunch buffet is included. Tickets available online here!.

  • Sunday, March 8 -- JAHA Journeys: Tour of the Capitol and State Museum (leaves from Heritage Discovery Center) In remembrance of PA Charter Day, JAHA is hosting a tour of the State Capitol and the State Museum in Harrisburg. Tour fee includes admission to museum, the Capitol tour, and transportation. Please note this tour requires about a half-mile of walking. Registration deadline is March 2. Schedule:
      7:15 am - Depart from Johnstown Heritage Discovery Center
      10:45 am -- Arrive at state capitol for tour
      noon: Lunch
      1:00 pm --Arrive at State Museum
      3:30 pm -- Depart from State Museum
      Dinner stop in Breezewood
      7:00 pm -- Arrive at Heritage Discovery Center

    $65 for adults, $60 for adult JAHA members; $45 for children, or $40 for child members. Get tickets online here, or stop by the Heritage Discovery Center gift shop! 




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  • Sunday, February 22, 2:00 pm -- Opening Reception for "A Steelworker's Story" (Heritage Discovery Center, in the Iron & Steel Theatre) Join JAHA staff for a special afternoon tour of the new temporary exhibition "A Steelworker's Story." The signs, product samples, personal effects and other artifacts in the exhibition were collected by Tom Leslie, who worked in the mill from 1974-1992. They 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.

    The reception is free to JAHA members, or $5 for the general public.

  • 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.