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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|
|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!|
Sunday, October 4 -- Curator Walk & Talk: Johnstown's Industrial and Transportation History (Johnstown Flood Museum)1:00-1:45 pm: Curator Talk: Join Curator Kaytlin Sumner for a special program on Johnstown's industrial and transportation history. Artifacts from JAHA's collections never before on exhibition will be displayed. 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 Transportation and Industrial Sites. Join Curator Kaytlin at the Johnstown Flood Museum Gift Shop for a special walking tour of Passenger Train Station, Peoples Natural Gas Park, Stone Bridge, Lower Cambria Iron Company Complex, and the Inclined Plane. Cost: $6 for adults, $5 for adult members, $4 for children, $3 for child members. Two dollar discount if participating in both programs. (Does not include Inclined Plane admission.)
For reservations or information, call (814) 539-1889. Walk-ins are welcome!
Saturdays, October 3, 10, & 17 -- Historic Train Tours to Altoona (starts at Johnstown Train Station) Back by popular demand! These train/bus tours were so well received last year that we're doing them again. The day's itinerary is as follows:
8:15 am -- Check in at the Johnstown Passenger Train Station Waiting Room
9:00 am -- Train leaves for Altoona
10:00 am -- Train arrives in Altoona
10:15 am -- Bus arrives at the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum
12:00 pm -- Tour arrives at Boyer's Candy Outlet
1:00 pm -- Lunch at Allegro Restaurant
2:15 pm -- Horseshoe Curve
3:45 pm -- Baker's Mansion Tour
4:30 pm -- Arrive at Altoona Railroad Station
6:00 pm -- Arrive back in Johnstown
The cost is $62 for JAHA members, or $68 for non-members. Children aged 2-12 are $40 for JAHA members, or $45 for non-members. Lunch is not included, though we will be stopping at a local restaurant. Please note that you MUST RSVP for these tours; deadlines are as follows: Oct. 3 -- please RSVP by Sept. 25; Oct. 10 - RSVP by Oct. 2; Oct. 17 -- RSVP by Oct. 9. These tours are close to sold out, but we are working to add more! Call for details, and thank you for your interest.
Saturday, October 24 -- Bus Tour to Indiana's WineFest (leaves from Heritage Discovery Center)Let us do the driving to one of the region's best wine festivals! Pennsylvania wineries will provide hundreds of wine selections at this one-day event. In addition, 50 exhibits will be available for guest perusal- including live entertainment, cheese, chocolates and wine. There is also a designated driver discounted ticket that does not allow for wine sampling for those who wish to enjoy other festival activities.
The winery lineup includes Bee Kind Winery, Buddy Boy Winery & Vineyards, Country Winery & Vineyard, Juniata Valley Winery, La Vigneta Winery, My Garden Winery, Nectar Valley Winery, Papa Joe's Wine Cellar, Reece Winery, the Vineyard at Hershey and the University Wine Company.
The bus will leave from the Heritage Discovery Center (201 6th Ave. Broad St., Johnstown) at approximately 10:45 am and will arrive for the noon to 3:30 pm session. Tickets, which include transportation and your admission to the festival, are $35 for JAHA members and $40 for non-members. Please RSVP by October 19 by calling Gwen at (814) 539-1889.
Friday, October 30. 5:00 pm -- Last Friday at the Ethnic Social Club with Apache Moon (Heritage Discovery Center, 4th floor) Join us for a relaxed, after-work event! Ray Flores and Teresa Fisher make up Apache Moon, an acoustic singing duo that layers vocal harmonies over two guitars. They play covers of songs from the '60s and '70s, and they also play some of their own. Doors at 5:00, with music starting about 5:30; no cover.
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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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