The Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA) is working on a $2.5 million capital campaign called “For the Future: A Campaign for the Johnstown Flood Museum,” to renovate and refurbish Johnstown’s flagship tourist attraction, and provide marketing support.
The Johnstown Flood Museum has hosted over a million visitors since it reopened in 1989 following an extensive renovation. The film commissioned for the museum won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject, and historian David McCullough called the museum “one of the best regional history museums in the country.” However, long-term exhibitions and building systems are now more than 25 years old and are showing their age, and a complete renovation is necessary.
We have reached about 70 percent of our goal through major gifts from Pittsburgh-based private foundations and Johnstown’s own 1889 Foundation, as well as generous gifts from local residents and corporations. But now we need YOUR help. David McCullough has generously lent his support to the project, as seen in the video below.
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.
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 online donation to the fund by clicking the button below (alternatively, download and mail in this form.) Thank you for your support!