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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:

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 29, 1:30-4:00 pm - Harvest Festival (Heritage Discovery Center, third floor)Join us the Saturday of Thanksgiving for Harvest Festival! We'll enjoy tons of seasonal games and crafts , including a coloring contest -- lucky winners in each age category (under 5, 5-7, 8-10, 11 and up) will receive 4 tickets to Planet Ice! Kids can play in a corn box (the fall version of a sandbox), and run the Scarecrow Race. We'll also enjoy ethnic food samples, courtesy of Press Bistro. Free to JAHA members or with admission!

  • Tuesday, December 2 -- Community Denim Day -- We're reaching out to corporations and schools to take part in "Community Denim Day for JAHA," where employees, teachers and students make a small donation to wear jeans on Tues., Dec. 2! Please contact Melody Tisinger at 814-539-1889 if your organization would like to participate.

    JAHA will provide special "Jeans for JAHA" stickers for organizations to give to everyone who participates, along with posters and other collateral to promote the event. Concurrent Technologies Corp. and the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies have already signed on.

    Employees and teachers are asked to contribute $5, and students $1.

    The event is planned as part of Giving Tuesday, an annual global initiative that takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving weekend.

  • Saturday, December 6 -- JAHA-lidays: Immigrant Christmas at the Wagner-Ritter House & Garden (Tours begin at the Heritage Discovery Center) Join Curator Kaytlin Sumner on a guided tour through holidays gone by. Tours will include a display on the second floor of the Heritage Discovery Center which will interpret the holiday traditions of Polish, Slovak, Hungarian, Russian, Irish, Welsh, and Italian immigrants, followed by a tour of the Wagner-Ritter House and Garden, which will be decorated as a traditional German Catholic home in the late 19th century. Space is limited, advance registration is required. Call Gwen at (814) 539-1889 to reserve your tickets or stop by the Heritage Discovery Center's gift shop. Tours start at 12:30, 2:30, and 4:00 pm, and last approximately one hour.

    Tickets are $12 for JAHA members $15 for non-members; children $7/members , are $10/non-members (also includes admission to the rest of the Heritage Discovery Center).

  • Saturday, December 6, and Saturday, December 20, 11:00 am-3:00 pm-- JAHA-lidays: The Jolly Trolley (Tours begin at the Heritage Discovery Center) All aboard! Help us search for Santa on a Jolly Trolley ride through downtown Johnstown (trolley photo courtesy of Mlaker). Each stop along the way reveals a new clue and a special treat! The trip ends at the Johnstown Children's Museum, with games, crafts, a model train display, and a visit from Santa himself. Detailed itinerary to come!

    Trolleys leave the Heritage Discovery Center on the hour from 11:00 am-3:00 pm, on Dec. 6 and 20. Tickets are $20 for JAHA members, and $25/non-members, and include the trolley ride, treats, scavenger hunt, and admission to the Heritage Discovery Center/Johnstown Children's Museum with special holiday activities. Call us at 539-1889 to make a reservation!

  • Friday, December 12 -- JAHA-lidays: Ugly Sweater Party -- (Heritage Discovery Center, second floor) This over-21 event will feature happy hour from 6:00- 8:00 pm, with holiday themed drink specials, specially priced appetizers and an ugly sweater contest. From 9:00 to midnight we'll enjoy live music from Yum! More details to come.

    There will be a $10 donation at the door to benefit the Johnstown Children's Museum.

  • Sunday, December 14 -- JAHA-lidays: Tour to Greensburg to see Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical, and Overly's Country Christmas -- (Tour begins at Heritage Discovery Center) Join JAHA for a special holiday trip to the Geyer Performing Arts Center to see Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical, followed by dinner in Greensburg, and a visit to Overly's Country Christmas. Included in admission price are transportation and admission to the show and Christmas Village (guests will order from the menu at dinner, and pay on their own).

    12:00-12:30 pm: Guests arrive to check in at Heritage Discovery Center.
    12:30 pm: Depart from Heritage Discovery Center
    2:00 pm: Arrive at Geyer Performing Arts Center, 111 Pittsburgh St, Scottdale)
    5:15 pm: Arrive at Cracker Barrel Restaurant (154 W Pennsylvania Ave, New Stanton)
    6:30 pm: Arrive at Overly's Country Christmas (116 Blue Ribbon Ln, Greensburg)
    8:30-9:00 pm: Arrive at Heritage Discovery Center

    Prices are $50/ adults, $45/children (ages 3-17); or $45/adult JAHA members, $40/child members (3-17). Click here to buy securely online! Members should call JAHA at (814) 539-1889 to take advantage of special pricing.



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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.