Please see the calendar below for the current operating schedules of the Johnstown Flood Museum, Heritage Discovery Center/Johnstown Children’s Museum. The Heritage Discovery Center/Johnstown Children’s Museum is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday only; the Johnstown Flood Museum is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Visitors to the Johnstown Children’s Museum (which is located on the third floor of the Heritage Discovery Center) are encouraged to RSVP 539-1889 before your visit, as we are limiting the number of families in the museum at any given time — see the children’s museum COVID information page for details on our scheduling and safety protocol. RSVPs are not needed to visit the Johnstown Flood Museum or the other attractions in the Heritage Discovery Center.

In accordance with PA guidelines, visitors and employees must wear masks, and are asked to observe social distancing while in our facilities. We are taking additional steps to ensure safety, such as sanitizing surfaces frequently. Welcome!

 

Area Genealogical Resources

Help for those researching family history.

The Johnstown Area Heritage Association often receives inquiries from researchers investigating their families’ genealogy, but our archives are not rich in this type of material.

Here is a list of area resources that may be helpful for those researching genealogy in the Johnstown area:

The Johnstown Area Genealogical & Historical Society — The society focuses on Johnstown and Cambria County, and its print and computer records are located at the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College in Johnstown. The society’s website includes a surname list, links to research databases and additional resources.

Cambria County Historical Society — Based in Ebensburg, the society’s research library includes town histories, surname files, obituary/marriage indexes, and more.

Cambria County Library Reference & Genealogy Services — This link offers information about the contents of the library’s Pennsylvania Room and other collections of interest to those doing family research. Copies of marriage notices and obituaries from some area newspapers are also available for a small fee.

Grandview Cemetery — Grandview was founded just a few years before the 1889 flood. It is the final resting place for many flood victims, and is still an active cemetery with more than 12 miles of roads winding through its grounds. Its interment list is searchable by last name.