JAHA is pleased to reopen our museums the week of Jan. 4, after the expiration of Gov. Wolf’s temporary mitigation orders. The Johnstown Flood Museum is open Wed.-Sat. from 10 am-5 pm, and Sun. noon-5 pm. The Heritage Discovery Center/Johnstown Children’s Museum is open 10 am-5 pm Thurs., Fri., and Sat. All visitors and staff are required to wear masks and practice social distancing. Please visit the children’s museum COVID protocols page for more information specific to that museum. Welcome back!

Johnstown Slavic Festival

The festival is postponed until 2021.

Update 8/10/20

The festival committee and the Johnstown Area Heritage Association have reluctantly concluded that it is not possible to hold the festival in 2020 due to restrictions designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The next Johnstown Slavic Festival will be held Sept. 17-18, 2021. Thank you for your continued support!

Slavs have a rich history in Johnstown

From 1880 until 1920, thousands of Slavic immigrants came to Johnstown, Pennsylvania to find employment in the area’s mills and mines. By 1920, 25 percent of Johnstown’s residents were of Slavic descent. They created a rich network of churches and social clubs to support their way of life and culture.

Johnstown went through tough economic times in the 1970s and 80s, and many people were forced to leave the community. Johnstown’s ethnic organizations suffered. Today, many young people want to know about their ethnic heritage, and the culture and history of their Slavic ancestors.

Join us for this free festival!

Come celebrate this rich heritage at the fourth annual Johnstown Slavic Festival, set for September 20-21, 2019! The festival, which is expanding to a two-day format in 2019, is planned by a volunteer committee in cooperation with the Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA), and is held one of JAHA’s museums, the Heritage Discovery Center. Museum admission will be free during the event, too!

We plan a festival full of:

  • Authentic Slavic music
  • Slavic folk dance performances
  • Homemade Slavic food, as well as Slavic beer
  • Educational speakers and cooking demonstrations
  • Ethnic vendors

The presenting sponsor for the Johnstown Slavic Festival is the Best Windows & Door Company.

Images from the 2016 festival

Crafts, dancing, vendors and more are part of the festival!