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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, October 25, 1:30-4:00 pm - Halloween at the Johnstown Children's Museum (Heritage Discovery Center, 3rd floor) -- Join us for safe trick-or-treating at the museum! Kids are encouraged to come in costume, and we will have costumed, kid-friendly characters that will interact with them as well. Officer Killinger and Pax the dog of the Johnstown Police Department will give a presentation in the courtyard at 3:00 pm.

  • November 1 - Winter Hours begin -- For the winter months, 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).

  • Saturday, November 1, 8:15 am-4:00 pm - Pennsylvania Heritage Train and Bus Tour (begins at Johnstown Train Station) Please note that this tour is sold out, but that we are working on several additional day-long tours! Details will be posted soon -- in the meantime, call us at 814-539-1889 for availability. Ride the rails on this full-day tour of some of the region's most important sites related to train history! Adult tickets are $50 for JAHA members, or $55 for non-members (children 2-12 are $32/JAHA members, $38 non-members), and include all transportation and museum admission costs. Space is limited, and pre-payment is required. Purchase tickets online here, or stop by the Heritage Discovery Center (members, call 814-539-1889 or stop by to take advantage of your member discount).

    The schedule 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
      12:15 pm -- Lunch
      1:30 pm -- Tour arrives at Boyer's Candy Outlet
      2:30 pm -- Bus arrives at Horseshoe Curve
      3:45 pm -- Bus arrives at Gallitzin Tunnels
      4:30 pm -- Bus arrives at the Johnstown Passenger Train Station (Tour Ends)

  • Saturday, November 8, 1:30-4:00 pm -- Family Veterans' Day Activities (Heritage Discovery Center) -- Activities for children and adults, a special artifact display, and a guest speaker -- stay tuned for details!

  • Saturday, November 8, 9:00 am-4:00 pm - Boy Scout Merit Badge Workshops (Heritage Discovery Center) -- Earn two merit badges, Citizenship in the Community and Citizenship in the Nation. Information and registration through Melody Tisinger, 814-539-1889 x315; a downloadable registration form with complete details is here.

  • Saturday, November 15, 1:00-3:00 pm - A Tribute in Training: A Girl Scout Program (Heritage Discovery Center) -- Are you a huge fan of The Hunger Games? Brush up on your survival skills in this exciting workshop that teaches you about plants, animals, and other things you'd need to know to survive! Appropriate for Scouts in grades 6-8; register through the Girl Scouts of Western PA. Info: Melody Tisinger, 814-539-1889 x315. 




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  • 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.