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!

JAHA at Home: Video tour of “A Steelworker’s Story” exhibition now available

JAHA at Home: Video tour of “A Steelworker’s Story” exhibition now available

The Iron & Steel Gallery at the Heritage Discovery Center was created in 2009 during the second phase of the renovation of the building. The spectacular, three-story space evokes an industrial feel, and the film presentation “The Mystery of Steel” tells the story of Johnstown’s late 19th-century technological contributions to steelmaking. The exhibition “A Steelworker’s Story” was added in 2015, showcasing a wide range of artifacts from Johnstown’s steel mills in more recent times.

Visitors who tour the Iron & Steel Gallery on weekends are sometimes fortunate enough to get a guided tour from Tom Leslie, the former steelworker (and master storyteller) who collected the materials. And now, Tom has created an in-depth video tour of the exhibition. We’re pleased to make this video available for the first time now, when the museums are closed during the coronavirus crisis — and it will be posted on the Iron & Steel Gallery page of this website indefinitely. Enjoy!

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