Altoona Heritage Discovery Center

Altoona Heritage Discovery Center Currently taking reservations for 2017 & 2018. Appointments accepted M-F between 9:30 and 4:30 and Sat if an event is scheduled.
Allegheny Ridge Corporation purchased the Altoona Heritage Discovery Center in 1995 and after years of partnership building and fundraising is poised to complete the interpretive component originally envisioned for the facility –to exhibit, demonstrate, and interpret the region’s many educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities.

Located in the heart of Altoona’s National Historic District, the Altoona Heritage Discovery Center distinguishes itself through the use of a public/private development partnership and is a statewide model for leveraging project sustainability and realizing the value of public funds invested. The partnership strategy maximizes economic development impact by assuring site sustainability, tax base generation, and the creation of jobs. The Heritage Discovery Center also serves as center of operations for Allegheny Ridge Corporation.

It was wonderful having Finelli's at the Heritage Discovery Center!
06/06/2017

It was wonderful having Finelli's at the Heritage Discovery Center!

Wedding catering from this past weekend at the Altoona Heritage Discovery center.

02/17/2016

The Altoona Heritage Discovery Center is currently taking reservations for 2017 & 2018. Please call us at 814-940-1922 for more information and to schedule an appointment.

09/08/2015

The Allegheny Ridge Corporation regrets some recent negative posts on this page. Unfortunately, individuals having little or no experience with this facility or the process of preparing and hosting events are allowed to give feedback. We strive to make our customer experience positive while assuring that rental policies are respected. Earlier this year, a flurry of negative postings was incurred after we upheld our cancellation policy which is clearly stated in our rental agreement. Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions about these or any other comments on our page. We maintain this page as a courtesy to those interested in the Heritage Discovery Center for their event and remain committed to providing a spectacular venue.

01/16/2015

Prior to a special screening of "The Italian American", a film by John Maggio that presents the evolution of Italian Americans from the late 19th century to today, a VIP reception begins at the Heritage Discovery Center.

01/11/2015

Been having technical difficulties with email since Wednesday. Hoping it is resolved by Monday. Can't receive messaged, but can send.

Wishing you a day of happiness followed by a lifetime of the same. Congratulations Megan and Guido!
01/11/2015

Wishing you a day of happiness followed by a lifetime of the same. Congratulations Megan and Guido!

01/10/2015

Megan and Guido chat up some tables before they take to the dance floor for the first time as wife and husband.

01/09/2015

Preparations begin soon for the first wedding of the year.

I've been on the receiving end, lately. Here is the latest.
12/18/2014

I've been on the receiving end, lately. Here is the latest.

The 411 on Thursday's parade.
12/01/2014

The 411 on Thursday's parade.

11/30/2014

So bummed that I can't get pictures of Carri and Steve's reception off the SD card.

11/30/2014

The Polka Family Band was here!

11/30/2014

I have great pictures. They are stuck on the SD card because my computer is not reading the SD drive. Dang!

11/29/2014

Color My World Entertainment and Johnny's Florals on the Corner have indeed put some color into the place while a touch of bling courtesy of Wedding Elegance by Joelle has added the sparkle.

11/29/2014

As always, Freedom Excursions by Scully delivered the bride and groom safe, sound, and right on schedule.

11/29/2014

Timmy C. is drawing drafts while Heather and Natalie are mixing it up. Always a pleasure to have this trio behind the bar.

11/29/2014

...and the receiving line begins.

11/29/2014

There's saxophone in the air...

11/29/2014

As Steve is getting Carri'd away, the Discovery Center plays host to the last wedding reception of the year. And it's a doozy!

11/14/2014

Holly and Kacy are getting things ready for Nicole and Todd's celebration.

11/06/2014

Tonight's guests... Altoona Mirror Hometown Favorites nominees.

So happy together. They're happy together. Just look at their first dance.
11/02/2014

So happy together. They're happy together. Just look at their first dance.

11/01/2014

Bells rang at the cathedral. Allison and Michael are wed.

11/01/2014

Last minute details for Allison and Michael's celebration.

10/23/2014

Question for vendors and venues. The placement of my furnishings or equipment does not suit your floor plan or need. Do you take it upon yourself to move whatever is in the way or do you ask the venue for permission and assistance?

10 11 14 Alison and Tyler
10/12/2014

10 11 14 Alison and Tyler

10/11/2014

My favorite part of the reception is the wedding cake. While my favorite is chocolate, I'm a happy camper when I score a slice. Today's cake is marble. Helen found me a primarily chocolate slice. Thank you, Helen!

10/11/2014

Hey, it's Steve "That DJ Guy"!

10/11/2014

It's a CakeWalk Cake. Need I say more?

10/10/2014

Two weeks ago I found someone's lost vintage treasure. Today, the treasure was reunited with its someone. Love when that happens.

10/10/2014

Alison and Tyler, with some assistance from Snappy Chef, are setting the room for tomorrow's festivities.

10/03/2014

Jennifer and Brandon getting ready for the big day.

09/30/2014

That unplanned, not posed, candid moment... so like capturing those with my lens.

Nothing like an autumn wedding. Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Happiness today, tomorrow, and always.
09/28/2014

Nothing like an autumn wedding. Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Happiness today, tomorrow, and always.

Natalie and Lori have the bar scene covered.
09/27/2014

Natalie and Lori have the bar scene covered.

As always, the bridal party arrives safe, sound, and on schedule.
09/27/2014

As always, the bridal party arrives safe, sound, and on schedule.

09/27/2014

Guests are finding their seats, dropping off cards and gifts, and enjoying some beautifully presented appetizers by Catered Affairs.

09/26/2014

Load-in for Britta and Michael.

She is stunning. He is charming. Together they are incredibly happy.
09/21/2014

She is stunning. He is charming. Together they are incredibly happy.

Lighting...
09/20/2014

Lighting...

09/20/2014

I should't bother to take pictures today. They will pale in comparison to Stacey's and Dale's (Manning Photography)...

09/19/2014

Wedding Elegance by Joelle is getting the place ready for Lara's and Garrett's big day.

Allegheny Ridge Corporation together with Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, Preservation Pennsylvania, and AI...
09/18/2014

Allegheny Ridge Corporation together with Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, Preservation Pennsylvania, and AIA Middle Pennsylvania presented Altoona Cultural Resources Essentials Focus: Community Preservation Workshop. The day long event featured a surprise visit by PHMC's Serena Bellow and sessions presented by Bill Callahan, Keith Heinrich,and Karen Arnold of PHMC and Erin Hammerstedt of Preservation PA.

09/17/2014

Setting up classroom style for a change.

Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission and Preservation PA with Middle PA Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and Allegheny Ridge Corporation will present a Community Preservation Workshop on Thursday.

Congratulations to Megan and Zach.
09/14/2014

Congratulations to Megan and Zach.

Address

1421-1427 Twelfth Ave
Altoona, PA
16601

General information

Since renovations were completed the Altoona Heritage Discovery Center has been requested as a venue for private, corporate, and public functions. As such the Center has had the pleasure of creating numerous business opportunities for caterers, florists, equipment suppliers, beverage distributors, wedding planners, janitorial services, and others while being the setting for a myriad of events. It hopes to continue this practice. The Center is not a banquet hall; it is a heritage interpretation site and exhibit space. While design plans are complete for two permanent exhibits, the facility continues to be available as an event venue and hopes that the public will continue to use it as such once the displays are installed.

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