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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 -- We are open Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00 am-5:00 pm, and Sundays from noon - 5:00 pm through the end of March. On April 1, we resume a visitor season schedule of Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 am-5:00 pm, and Sundays from noon - 5:00 pm (closed Mondays). Welcome!



PLEASE EXCUSE OUR DUST! JAHA is currently working on a brand-new, completely redesigned website that will be mobile-friendly! We expect to launch it later this fall -- in the meantime, the most updated event information can be found on our Facebook Page. Thanks for bearing with us!br>



Saturday, September 17 -- Johnstown Slavic Fest -- (Heritage Discovery Center) Join us as we celebrate the rich heritage of the Slavic people in Johnstown! This free festival will feature Slavic music, dance, speakers, cooking demonstrations, crafts and more. Authentic Slavic food will be for sale from St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, Kraus Polish Deli, Darlington Inn, St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church and more, and a Bulgarian cooking demonstration will be offered. Discounted admission of $5 to the Heritage Discovery Center, whose exhibits are centered around the experiences of immigrants coming to Johnstown, will be offered all day. For a detailed schedule of entertaiment and speakers, visit here.



Every Saturday in October -- Ride the Rails Tours -- (Johnstown Train Station) Explore the region's railroad history and enjoy the fall scenery on a train ride from Johnstown to Altoona, with stops at key sites in Altoona. Tours depart from the Johnstown Train Station (and will begin with a brief overview of the building's renovation plans) via Amtrak, and return from Altoona by bus. For a detailed schedule of available tours, visit here. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED -- please call Melody Tisinger, 814-539-1889.



Saturday, October 1 -- Brews & Blues In the Valley -- (Peoples Natural Gas Park) Forever Media of Johnstown (Froggy 95, Rocky 99, 96 Key, Hot 92, Cool 101.7, News Talk 1490 and The Fanatic 990) is partnering again with the Johnstown Area Heritage Association for the fourth annual Brews and Blues in the Valley! This craft and microbrew sampling event continues to grow. Last year’s event sold out with 1100 people attending! For 2016, we expect more breweries and more people.Each patron will be provided with a list of breweries and beers available to sample. They will be given a 4 oz glass for sampling. VIP entrance and sampling will begin at 2:00 pm. General admission sampling time is from 3:00-6:00 pm, and bands continue until 7:00 pm. Food will be available for sale from a variety of vendors.

The lineup is as follows:
Who's Your Daddy: 2:00-3:00 pm
Stone Bridge Blues Band: 3:15-4:15
Miss Freddye: 4:30-5:30
Black Cat Moan: 5:45-7:00
Tickets will be $35 for general admission, $55 for VIP, and $15 designated driver (face value -- online ticketing fees apply). Get tickets online through ShowClix here.



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Click here to download a printable current events flyer. 


***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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