The Johnstown Flood Museum and Heritage Discovery Center/Johnstown Children’s Museum are adopting winter opening hours beginning the week of Jan. 3. We will be open Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 am-5 pm, and Sun. noon-5 pm (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). Because Cambria County is currently experiencing high community spread of COVID-19, we are now requiring staff and visitors to wear masks (face shields alone are not adequate). Please visit the children’s museum COVID protocols page for more information specific to that museum. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Welcome!

More Links of Interest

A few more links about Johnstown history of interest to researchers.

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Other resources

  • America’s Industrial Heritage publications about Southwestern Pennsylvania: Completed in the late 80s and early 90s, these books about a nine-county region of Southwestern Pennsylvania were a project of the National Park Service. Digitized copies can be accessed at the link above. Of particular interest to JAHA and our audiences is “The Character of a Steel Mill City: Four Historic Neighborhoods of Johnstown, PA,” which gives a wonderful overview of Johnstown, Downtown, Cambria City/Minersville, and Westmont; and “Historic Resource Study: Cambria Iron Company.” Great information about Windber can be found in “A Legacy of Coal: The Coal Company Towns of Southwestern PA.”
  • Cambria County Historical Society — The CCHS site provides information about the society’s mission and services.
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance maps — These maps were developed by the Sanborn Insurance Company to assess fire risk in various neighborhoods in Johnstown. They are among the best pre- and post-flood maps of Johnstown (available maps are dated 1886, 1891, 1895, and 1913), and have been digitized by Penn State University.
  • Southmont Centennial website — This website was developed by Nadine Carr of JAHA to celebrate the 2019 centennial of Southmont, one of Johnstown’s historic neighborhoods.