“Johnstown: Where We Work” is a new temporary exhibit that traces the evolution of work from early agriculture and canal work, to the rise of the steel, railroad, and coal industries and the larger community they helped create. It uses images and artifacts from JAHA’s archives, as well as materials borrowed from area residents and businesses.
The exhibit explores the history of working life in Johnstown from the 19th century to the present. Johnstown is known for the iron and steel industries, but the exhibit also spotlights the diverse array of different work people in Johnstown did — manufacturing to skilled trades, public servants, store owners, and more.
However, a major addition to the exhibit is still to come and will be created through the input of museum visitors. Throughout the summer, there will be opportunities for visitors to provide their own thoughts and perspectives on work in Johnstown today, which will be used to create the final section of the exhibit — Johnstown at Work Today — which will open at the end of the summer.
Andrew Lang, JAHA curator, encourages anyone who has materials, images, or stories to contribute to get in touch with him at (814) 539-1889, ext. 314, or alang [at] jaha.org.
Like all amenities in the Heritage Discovery Center, admission to the exhibition is included with your purchase of a ticket (and free to JAHA members).
Images, in order: pattern makers, 1950; women bus drivers, October 1944; worker at an open hearth, mid-1950s; nurses, 1915; Froelich butcher shop, 1920; Russell Heffley images of miners, 1940s.