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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:

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). On April 4, we resume our visitor season hours of Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm (closed Mondays). Welcome!

  • Friday, March 27, 5:30 pm -- Last Friday at the Ethnic Social Club featuring Tree (Heritage Discovery Center, 4th floor) Join us for a relaxed evening of acoustic music from Tree! It's March, and time to get your Irish on! Tree combines traditional Irish, Celtic rock, bluegrass, and old-time music into a hand-clapping, foot-stompin' good time. With instrumentation including guitar, fiddle, bass, and drums, this tight-knit group creates a barrage of up-beat and eclectic music that is sure to have your toes tapping from the first note to the last.

    Doors at 5:00, with music starting at 5:30. No cover.

  • Saturday, March 28, 1:00-4:00 pm -- A Princess Tea (Heritage Discovery Center, 3rd floor) Join us at the Johnstown Children's Museum for an afternoon of fun fit for a queen! Wear a princess costume or fancy dress. Schedule is as follows:
    • 1:00-2:00 pm -- Crafts and games, including making your own lip gloss and pin the kiss on the frog
    • 2:00 pm: Tea and cookies
    • 3:00 pm: Royal dance lessons

    Admission for dressed princesses and JAHA members is $5.00; princess escorts (parents) and non-members pay regular price. (Admission price includes access to the entire museum for the day). Please RSVP to 539-1889 by March 21.

  • Saturday, April 11, 1:30-4:00 pm -- Garden Appreciation Day (Heritage Discovery Center, 3rd floor) -- Come make a handprint flower or a butterfly, learn about garden snakes and millweed, and plant your own flower seed to take home. Free to JAHA members or with admission.
  • Saturday, April 18, and Saturday, April 25, 10:00 am-noon -- Lego Junior Creators' Club (Heritage Discovery Center) Join Snapology for Spring Saturdays at the museum! Kids aged 2-6 are invited to participate in various creative play activities with Lego bricks and other building materials, designed to promote creative, social, and expressive skills.

    Cost is $15 per child, or $25 for both sessions -- and includes admission to the Heritage Discovery Center for an adult and a child! Visit to learn more, and click "enroll now" to register! 


  • Friday, April 24, 5:30 pm -- Last Friday at the Ethnic Social Club featuring Stone Bridge Blues Band (Heritage Discovery Center, 4th floor) This month we're featuring classic blues from The Stone Bridge Blues Band! Doors at 5:00, with music starting at 5:30; no cover.

  • Monday, April 27, 6:30 pm -- Chocolate: The Pennsylvania Connection (Heritage Discovery Center, education room) The aroma of chocolate wafts in the air as presenter Susan McLelland Plaisted connects the cultural use of chocolate from Meso-America to Europe and back to colonial America and Pennsylvania. Learn the basics of cacao cultivation, harvesting and fermentation. Examine Mayan, Aztec and European artifacts to compare and contrast chocolate in different societies and explore the place of chocolate in Pennsylvania. Participants have the opportunity to grate "chocolate cakes" and make and sample a historic chocolate beverage.

    Presented by the Pennsylvania Humanities Association in association with the Johnstown chapter of the American Association of University Women and JAHA. Free and open to the public.

  • Friday, May 15, 5:00 pm -- Basket Bonanza Benefit (Heritage Discovery Center) Your $5 admission provides you with 26 chances to win, and you can buy additional chances for $5! More than 100 awesome baskets, plus a 50/50 drawing and other games of chance. A cash bar and food will also be available. Proceeds benefit the Johnstown Children's Museum. Doors at 5:00 pm, and drawings begin at 7:00. Tickets available now at the Heritage Discovery Center front desk! Donations are now being sought for baskets -- if you can help, contact Jen at 539-1889.

  • Saturday, May 23 -- Path of the Flood Historic Races (ends at Peoples Natural Gas Park) The flood is returning to Johnstown -- a flood of RUNNERS! As in 2014, we're offering a half-marathon and 5K, and new this year is a 10K. For complete details and registration info, visit the Path of the Flood Historic Races page on this website. Registration deadline is April 30, so hurry! 




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    ***JAHA News***



    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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