Heritage Discovery Center

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201 6th Ave
Johnstown
PA, 15906


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February 22, 5:30 PM

Last Friday at the Ethnic Social Club

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Join us for Last Friday in our authentic social club! Mike Ferencak and Nudy Trifiro have been playing in the region since the early 80’s. After serving (decades worth of) time in a few popular cover bands based in their native Fayette County, they decided to shed the horns, the temperamental male and female lead singers (and the accompanying fishnet stockings that were so popular at one time), and other assorted accessories and get down to playing acoustic music. Or, at least, all their favorites from the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s played acoustically. The result is an eclectic mix of alternative and mainstream music sure to find the sweet spot in your ear.

Guest bartender is Dave Sutor of the Tribune-Democrat!

Doors open at 5:00, with music starting around 5:30. No cover.

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February 23, 10:00 AM

Public workshop for Johnstown: Where We Work

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JAHA will be hosting an all-day exhibit workshop at the Heritage Discovery Center for our upcoming exhibit “Johnstown: Where We Work.” Drop by the Ethnic Social Club on the HDC’s fourth floor to learn more about the exhibit and share your own stories about working life in Johnstown. Have an interesting artifact or story? Be sure to let us know!

For more information about “Johnstown: Where We Work,” contact Andrew Lang, curator, at (814) 539-1889.

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2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music & Art Festival. As we commemorate this historic event and reflect on the 1960s, we want to know what you remember! We will be recording oral histories of the 1960s at the Heritage Discovery Center from on January 26, February 9, and February 23. Were you influenced by the era? Did you attend Woodstock? (Richard Burkert, JAHA’s president, did!)

If you can, make a reservation to be interviewed with Andrew Lang, our curator, at 814-539-1889 x314, or just drop in!

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March 1, 12:00 AM

Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race

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The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s traveling exhibition Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race examines how the Nazi leadership, in collaboration with individuals in professions traditionally charged with healing and the public good, used science to help legitimize persecution, murder, and ultimately, genocide.

The exhibition opens in the second floor galleries of the Heritage Discovery Center on March 1 and will be on display through April 27, and is made possible by the generosity of the Blanche Beerman Holocaust Museum Fund at the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies. Admission to the entire Heritage Discovery Center will be free every Saturday during the exhibition in order to maximize the number of people who see it.

“Deadly Medicine explores the Holocaust’s roots in then-contemporary scientific and pseudo-scientific thought,” explains exhibition curator Susan Bachrach. “At the same time, it touches on complex ethical issues we face today, such as how societies acquire and use scientific knowledge and how they balance the rights of the individual with the needs of the larger community.”

Eugenics theory sprang from turn-of-the-20th-century scientific beliefs asserting that Charles Darwin’s theories of “survival of the fittest” could be applied to humans. Supporters, spanning the globe and political spectrum, believed that through careful controls on marriage and reproduction, a nation’s genetic health could be improved.

The Nazi regime was founded on the conviction that “inferior” races, including the so-called Jewish race, and individuals had to be eliminated from German society so that the fittest “Aryans” could thrive. The Nazi state fully committed itself to implementing a uniquely racist and antisemitic variation of eugenics to “scientifically” build what it considered to be a “superior race.” By the end of World War II, six million Jews had been murdered. Millions of others also became victims of persecution and murder through Nazi “racial hygiene” programs designed to cleanse Germany of “biological threats” to the nation’s “health,” including “foreign-blooded” Roma and Sinti (Gypsies), persons diagnosed as “hereditarily ill,” and homosexuals. In German-occupied territories, Poles and others belonging to ethnic groups deemed “inferior” were also murdered.

Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race is made possible through the support of The David Berg Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, The Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Temporary Exhibitions Fund established in 1990, and The Dorot Foundation.

The Blanche Beerman Holocaust Museum Fund of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies is sponsoring the installation of the exhibition in Johnstown. The Beth Sholom Congregation and David A. Glosser Foundation have also provided support. Program partners include the Cambria County Library System and the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh. Media sponsors are WJAC and The Tribune-Democrat.

“Our core exhibition, America: Through Immigrant Eyes, includes the story of Jewish immigration to this area in the late 19th and early 20th century,” said Richard Burkert, president of JAHA. “They were fleeing religious persecution, and many of those who immigrated would have died in the Holocaust had they not been able to leave. So it is fitting that this exhibition is coming to us, and that so many people will be able to see it thanks to the generosity of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies.”

Additional educational programming, including lectures, are planned during the temporary exhibition, and will be announced at a later date.

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March 17, 12:00 PM

Conemaugh Health System Day

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Free admission to the Heritage Discovery Center/Johnstown Flood Museum for Conemaugh Health System employees, children, and a guest when you bring your hospital badge for identification!

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March 29, 5:30 PM

Last Friday at the Ethnic Social Club

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Join us for a relaxed evening at the Heritage Discovery Center’s authentic social club! Featured entertainment is Tree, which has become known for their own special blend of high-energy Irish music, combining elements of traditional Irish, Celtic rock, bluegrass, and old-time music into a hand-clapping, foot-stompin’ good time.  With instrumentation including guitar, fiddle, and drums, this tight-knit group creates a barrage of up-beat and eclectic music that is sure to have your toes tapping from the first note to the last.

Doors at 5:00, music at 5:30. No cover.

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September 20, 12:00 AM

Johnstown Slavic Festival

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The Johnstown Slavic Festival grows to two days in 2019! Visit the Slavic Festival minisite for more information.

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