The Johnstown Area Heritage Association takes the safety of our visitors and employees seriously. In accordance with Commonwealth of PA guidelines, visitors and employees must wear masks, and are asked to observe social distancing while in our facilities. We are taking additional steps, such as sanitizing surfaces frequently. Please see the calendar below for the current operating schedule of the Johnstown Flood Museum and Heritage Discovery Center; the Johnstown Children’s Museum is currently closed, and we are offering children’s activities in the courtyard and Education Center. Visit often for updates!

Support

Here's more about JAHA, and how you can support our work.

Elevator Fund

The Frank and Sylvia Pasquerilla Heritage Discovery Center is facing an immediate threat. You see, the only elevator at the facility has suffered a catastrophic failure — creating significant challenges with the day-to-day operation of the facility, including everything from special events like catered functions, and moving items needed in exhibitions. But most importantly, we MUST have an operating elevator so that visitors using wheelchairs, parents with strollers, or people with mobility limitations are able to fully access all six floors of the facility. Accessibility is important to meet our mission, and it’s a requirement of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Engineers have determined that the hydraulic elevator’s piston, which is a custom part, has broken, and we must install other elevator components. The project will cost more than $90,000. A GoFundMe was started in February 2020, just before COVID hit — and has raised more than $17,000. Please help us continue our efforts to solve this problem.

Donate to the Elevator Fund now

Annual Fund

The Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA) is a non-profit organization that bases our work on Johnstown’s historic resources and sense of place – its legendary stories, historic buildings and districts, and cultural traditions. Our mission is to preserve and revitalize historic places, bring visitors and new investment into the city’s core, and build our city’s future through heritage tourism.

We have a strong track record going back to 1971 and have accomplished a great deal, but there’s still so much to do. Your support of JAHA’s 2020 Annual Fund Campaign allows JAHA to continue this important work.

Donate Now to the JAHA Annual Fund

A JAHA Annual Fund has been established through the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies. You can make a secure, tax-deductible donation using the form below. Alternatively, mail your donation to JAHA at PO Box 1889, Johnstown PA 15907.

Donate to the JAHA Annual Fund now

Current projects that your donation helps support

  • JAHA is in the final stages of planning for major exhibition and building upgrades at the Johnstown Flood Museum.
  • Construction is complete on Phase I of the rehabilitation of the historic Johnstown Railroad Station, and we are now working to fully reuse the landmark.
  • JAHA created and operates the Peoples Natural Gas Park. This flexible venue has been a real addition to Johnstown’s vitality by attracting thousands to the City for events such as the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival and Thunder in the Valley, while serving as a catalyst for new events.
  • JAHA presents museum-based and online education programs to thousands of students annually.

Through benefactors like you and our ability to bring grant and other funding to our community, JAHA has become one of the largest non-profit developers and investors in the City despite a difficult economic environment. We enhance Johnstown’s sense of place and quality of life, and build community pride.

We thank you for supporting JAHA’s important work with a gift to the Annual Fund, which will benefit Johnstown today and long into the future.

Campaign for the Johnstown Flood Museum

The Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA) is working on “For the Future: A Campaign for the Johnstown Flood Museum,” a $2.5 million campaign to renovate and refurbish Johnstown’s flagship tourist attraction, and provide marketing support.

The Johnstown Flood Museum has hosted one million visitors since it reopened in 1989, with new exhibits and an Academy Award-winning documentary. At that time, historian David McCullough called it “one of the best regional history museums in the country.”

However, long-term exhibitions and building systems are now 30 years old and are showing their age. Mr. McCullough has once again shown his support for the Johnstown Area Heritage Association’s work by endorsing the “For the Future” campaign to completely renovate and re-imagine the museum:

The project will completely redo permanent exhibitions with exciting, state-of-the-art technology, incorporating new artifacts and research. The building will be completely refurbished, including new electrical and HVAC systems. Further details on the plans can be found here.

Donate Now to the Johnstown Flood Museum Campaign

A fund for the Johnstown Flood Museum Campaign has been established at the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies to support this project. You can make a secure, tax-deductible donation online to the fund using the button below (alternatively, download and mail in this form).

Donate to the Johnstown Flood Museum fund now

Stone Bridge Lighting Project

Photo of the Stone Bridge Lighting Ceremony 09-24-11Dedicated in 2011, the Stone Bridge Lighting Project illuminates the historic Stone Bridge for three hours each evening in colorful, animated lights that are programmed thematically to be inclusive, meaningful and fun.

You can donate securely online to the Stone Bridge Lighting Fund at the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies using the button below; alternatively, you can mail checks designated “The Stone Bridge Lighting Fund” to The Community Foundation, 116 Market Street, Johnstown, PA 15901.

Donate to the Stone Bridge Lights fund now