Johnstown Area Heritage Association

Johnstown Area Heritage Association Preserving our heritage, revitalizing our community through the Johnstown Discovery Network. See JAHA's website for current opening hours of our museums, including the Johnstown Flood Museum and Heritage Discovery Center/Johnstown Children's Museum.
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The Johnstown Area Heritage Association was founded in 1971 as the Johnstown Flood Museum Association, but soon broadened its themes to include immigration to the area around the turn of the century, iron and steel, and the way of life in industrial communities.

The Johnstown Area Heritage Association was founded in 1971 as the Johnstown Flood Museum Association, but soon broadened its themes to include immigration to the area around the turn of the century, iron and steel, and the way of life in industrial communities.

Mission: JAHA is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the nationally significant historic heritage of the Greater Johnstown Area through its museum facilities, historical collection, and education programs. JAHA operates as a clearinghouse and catalyst for revitalization efforts based on cultural tourism and historic preservation.

Our Feb. 11 virtual event with Russell Shorto reached capacity with 250 participants! We're grateful to the Cambria Coun...
02/19/2021
JAHA at Home: Russell Shorto and Richard Burkert discuss "Smalltime" - Johnstown Area Heritage Association

Our Feb. 11 virtual event with Russell Shorto reached capacity with 250 participants! We're grateful to the Cambria County Library, which co-hosted the event, and Mr. Shorto for allowing us to make a recording of the event available through our JAHA at Home series (plus, you can enter to win an autographed copy of Smalltime).

On Feb. 11, 2021, Russell Shorto discussed his new book, “Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob,” with Richard Burkert, JAHA president. There was great interest in this virtual presentation, and we reached the webinar’s 250 capacity. We ...

Russell Shorto's new book "Smalltime" is on this list! Key quote: "A master of historical nonfiction applies his methods...
02/18/2021
11 New Books We Recommend This Week

Russell Shorto's new book "Smalltime" is on this list! Key quote: "A master of historical nonfiction applies his methods to his grandfather, a mobster in Johnstown, Pa., illuminating the Mafia’s network in small-town America and, affectingly, the dysfunction in his family’s past." If you haven't yet gotten your copy, "Smalltime" is in stock at the gift shops of both the Heritage Discovery Center and Johnstown Flood Museum.

Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

JAHA at Home: Last summer the Cambria County Library made a "Hidden Treasures" video featuring Richard Burkert of JAHA, ...
02/17/2021
JAHA at Home: Hidden Treasures - Johnstown Area Heritage Association

JAHA at Home: Last summer the Cambria County Library made a "Hidden Treasures" video featuring Richard Burkert of JAHA, telling us about some objects in JAHA's collections that tell us something about life here long ago: a Swank pot, Mrs. Ritter's wallpaper, and a test mold from the steel mills. Enjoy!

The Cambria County Library made this video with Richard Burkert, JAHA president, exploring “hidden treasures” from the archives and collections JAHA stores at the Heritage Discovery Center — objects that give us insight into what life was like here 100 ...

02/11/2021

REGISTRATION IS FULL for tonight's Virtual presentation: Smalltime by Russell Shorto! Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to a great event. But don't worry: we'll post a recording of the event later for anyone who missed registration.

It's your last chance to buy tickets for our Valentine's Day raffle! What's more, you can enter the code FEBEND to get 1...
02/11/2021
JAHA's Valentine's Day Raffle

It's your last chance to buy tickets for our Valentine's Day raffle! What's more, you can enter the code FEBEND to get 10% off. Drawing is at 9 am tomorrow (Feb. 12), so don't wait!

 

ICYMI: Russell Shorto was interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air recently! Remember,  Virtual presentation: Smalltime by Russell...
02/10/2021
Author Digs Into Family's 'Smalltime' Mob Operation, Finds Family Secrets

ICYMI: Russell Shorto was interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air recently! Remember, Virtual presentation: Smalltime by Russell Shorto is coming up on Thursday -- register now if you haven't done so already, as we are close to webinar capacity. Visit the Facebook Event for the GoToMeeting registration link!

Russell Shorto's grandfather was a mob boss in the industrial town of Johnstown, Pa. Shorto writes about the family havoc that resulted from his grandfather's operation in his new memoir, Smalltime.

02/09/2021
register.gotowebinar.com

Folks, we are now at 200 registrants for Virtual presentation: Smalltime by Russell Shorto! The maximum the webinar will allow is 245. Register today at the link below if you plan to attend!

02/09/2021

Planning to attend our Virtual presentation: Smalltime by Russell Shorto? Be sure to register soon!

Great news regarding our signature event!
02/05/2021
Flood City Music Festival

Great news regarding our signature event!

Great news for your Friday -- the 2021 festival is tentatively set for Oct. 1-2, and AmeriServ Bank has signed on once again as our title sponsor! We are optimistic, and we are busily planning. Mark your calendar now!

We look forward to hosting Johnstown native Russell Shorto for a virtual presentation on Feb. 11! We're pleased to offer...
02/03/2021

We look forward to hosting Johnstown native Russell Shorto for a virtual presentation on Feb. 11! We're pleased to offer his new book, "Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob," for $26.95 -- to order your copy, call us at 539-1889 x311.

JAHA's Annual Fund drive is ongoing! We appreciated this The Tribune-Democrat coverage. Thank you to all who have donate...
02/02/2021
Johnstown Area Heritage Association kicks off fund to support programs

JAHA's Annual Fund drive is ongoing! We appreciated this The Tribune-Democrat coverage. Thank you to all who have donated so far -- if you've not yet contributed, you can do so at our website, jaha.org, at the yellow "Donate" button.

Johnstown Area Heritage Association has kicked off its 2021 annual fund to support its operations and programs throughout the year.

You never know who might drop in to the Johnstown Children’s Museum! We are open today (Friday) and Saturday — welcome.
01/29/2021

You never know who might drop in to the Johnstown Children’s Museum! We are open today (Friday) and Saturday — welcome.

We're excited about this upcoming educational project, made possible by a grant from National Geographic!
01/28/2021
NatGeo provides JAHA with grant for children’s book

We're excited about this upcoming educational project, made possible by a grant from National Geographic!

With research assistance from Johnstown Area Heritage Association and financial support from National Geographic, a group of local high school students will receive the opportunity to tell the region’s story

Tax time is coming up, and three lucky winners of our February raffle will get their tax returns prepared! Check out all...
01/26/2021
JAHA's Valentine's Day Raffle

Tax time is coming up, and three lucky winners of our February raffle will get their tax returns prepared! Check out all the fantastic prizes at the link below.

 

Missing Last Fridays at the Ethnic Social Club? You’re not alone!
01/25/2021

Missing Last Fridays at the Ethnic Social Club? You’re not alone!

01/22/2021

The Center for Metal Arts has canceled our planned Cambria Iron Historic Tours due to COVID concerns. We regret the inconvenience and look forward to future collaborations! All ticketholders will be refunded.

There are a limited number of these stunning prints in the gift shops of the Heritage Discovery Center and Johnstown Flo...
01/21/2021

There are a limited number of these stunning prints in the gift shops of the Heritage Discovery Center and Johnstown Flood Museum! Stop down, or call 539-1889 to inquire.

We appreciated this The Tribune-Democrat coverage of our upcoming tours with Center for Metal Arts!
01/18/2021
Center for Metal Arts to offer tours of Johnstown site

We appreciated this The Tribune-Democrat coverage of our upcoming tours with Center for Metal Arts!

The Center for Metal Arts, located at the old Cambria Iron Works, is both an active forge and a museum of sorts that celebrates Johnstown’s steelmaking heritage.

01/15/2021

TODAY is the last day to take advantage of the extension of our membership sale! Get 20% off if you join or renew your membership today. Contact Deb Winterscheidt at [email protected] or 539-1889 x315!

Okay, so how cute are these? Morley’s Dog washable masks, now available in our gift shops for $7.50. Here modeled by Deb...
01/14/2021

Okay, so how cute are these? Morley’s Dog washable masks, now available in our gift shops for $7.50. Here modeled by Deb Winterscheidt, our intrepid development director!

Our January raffle is ending -- the drawing is Jan. 16 -- so enter now! Use the code "END" to receive 10% off your entri...
01/13/2021
JAHA's Ring in the New Year Raffle

Our January raffle is ending -- the drawing is Jan. 16 -- so enter now! Use the code "END" to receive 10% off your entries. Good luck, and thank you for supporting JAHA!

 

We've created a website page where all the things JAHA has for sale are available -- from digital books to raffle ticket...
01/11/2021
Shop JAHA - Johnstown Area Heritage Association

We've created a website page where all the things JAHA has for sale are available -- from digital books to raffle tickets to event tickets or registrations. Check it out, and thank you for supporting JAHA!

Raffle tickets Start 2021 with a win, while helping a great cause! All proceeds from this raffle will go towards upgrades, improvements, and programming in The Johnstown Children’s Museum. Prizes include an autographed copy of David McCullough’s The Johnstown Flood, a ...

We invite you to browse our JAHA at Home content at the link below! You'll find links to historic film footage, virtual ...
01/08/2021
JAHA at Home Archives - Johnstown Area Heritage Association

We invite you to browse our JAHA at Home content at the link below! You'll find links to historic film footage, virtual tours, links to photo collections, and more. Enjoy!

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., ...

01/07/2021

JAHA offers an annual membership sale in December for 20% off -- but because our museums were closed the latter half of the month due to COVID, we are extending through Jan. 15! When you buy a new or renewing membership, you get unlimited admission to our museums and all the museums that are part of ROAM.

What's more, being a member means you help JAHA continue to offer educational programs, support community revitalization, and provide fun, family-oriented events. Contact Deb Winterscheidt at 539-1889 x315 to get your new or renewing membership today!

The Johnstown Flood Museum and Heritage Discovery Center/Johnstown Children's Museum will re-open this week! The JFM wil...
01/04/2021

The Johnstown Flood Museum and Heritage Discovery Center/Johnstown Children's Museum will re-open this week! The JFM will be open 10am-5pm Wed.-Sat., and noon-5pm on Sun. The HDC/JCM will be open 10am-5pm Thurs.-Sat. Masks are required for visitors and staff! Please see our website for additional COVID protocols and opening information, especially for the children's museum. Welcome back!

Happy New Year’s Day! We’re offering 15% off raffle tickets today for our Ring in the New Year Raffle — use discount cod...
01/01/2021
JAHA's Ring in the New Year Raffle

Happy New Year’s Day! We’re offering 15% off raffle tickets today for our Ring in the New Year Raffle — use discount code 2021!

 

JAHA at Home: Ice is in the forecast, so we thought we'd share this Lightning Guider Sled #45 from our collections! Its ...
12/31/2020

JAHA at Home: Ice is in the forecast, so we thought we'd share this Lightning Guider Sled #45 from our collections! Its steel rails were rolled on the 8" rolling mill now on permanent display just inside the entrance of the Heritage Discovery Center.

In a time when our country seems so divided, our history and heritage can unite us. The story of Johnstown – our resilie...
12/30/2020
Support JAHA's 2021 Annual Fund! - Johnstown Area Heritage Association

In a time when our country seems so divided, our history and heritage can unite us. The story of Johnstown – our resilience, our community, and everything we share – is more important and relevant than ever. Please consider supporting JAHA's work through a donation to our Annual Fund! Details below.

In a time when our country seems so divided, our history and heritage can unite us. The story of Johnstown – our resilience, our community, and everything we share – is more important and relevant than ever. JAHA continues our commitment ...

JAHA at Home: A Johnstown winter scene at Franklin & Main Streets, 1940s.
12/30/2020

JAHA at Home: A Johnstown winter scene at Franklin & Main Streets, 1940s.

Get lucky and support JAHA at the same time! We're offering some great prizes in our New Year Raffle -- from an Omni get...
12/29/2020
JAHA's Ring in the New Year Raffle

Get lucky and support JAHA at the same time! We're offering some great prizes in our New Year Raffle -- from an Omni getaway to an autographed copy of David McCullough's The Johnstown Flood. Check it out at the link below! Drawing is Jan. 16, 2021.

 

As a reminder, JAHA memberships are 20% off this month! Details at the link.
12/28/2020
December special: 20% off membership - Johnstown Area Heritage Association

As a reminder, JAHA memberships are 20% off this month! Details at the link.

December 1 - December 31 @ - It's December, and time for our annual membership sale! When you buy a new or renewing membership to JAHA, you get 20% off -- and remember, when you buy a JAHA membership, you also get membership in the Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM). ROAM is a netw...

The board and staff at JAHA wish you and yours a warm and wonderful holiday season! Enjoy this illustrated timeline of J...
12/24/2020
Membership Monday: Happy Holidays from JAHA! - Johnstown Area Heritage Association

The board and staff at JAHA wish you and yours a warm and wonderful holiday season! Enjoy this illustrated timeline of Johnstown in winters and Christmases past, including this 20s-era photo of boys playing in the snow.

This post was made available to JAHA members first, before the general public, as part of our Membership Mondays program. To become a JAHA member, contact Deb Winterscheidt. The Johnstown Area Heritage Association would like to wish all our members, supporters and friends ...

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201 6th Ave
Johnstown, PA
15906

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In addition to our museums, JAHA offers an ambitious schedule of special events (both produced by JAHA and rental events). These include the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival; Johnstown Film Festival; a wide range of festivals, workshops, special events and cultural programming for children and adults.For museum rental info, call 814-539-1889 x307; for current events, see "events" on this Page or at http://www.jaha.org/NewsSpecialEvents.html.

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Preserving our heritage, revitalizing our community

The Johnstown Area Heritage Association is a non-profit, membership-based organization that preserves and presents Johnstown’s nationally significant stories to the nation. To do that, we provide high-quality educational, cultural and recreational experiences in the area’s unique historic settings through a linked system of attractions and historic districts known as the Johnstown Discovery Network.

We operate the Johnstown Flood Museum and the Frank & Sylvia Pasquerilla Heritage Discovery Center. We opened the Wagner-Ritter House and Garden in 2006, the Johnstown Children’s Museum in 2009, and Peoples Natural Gas Park in 2012. Other major JAHA programs include the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival, as well as a variety of additional cultural programming and special events scheduled throughout the year. In this way, we enhance the quality of life for those who live in and around Johnstown, bring positive national attention and visitors to our area, and contribute to the region’s economic development through heritage tourism.

In addition, JAHA is involved in a variety of community projects related to historic research, preservation, and community revitalization, which include but are not limited to the rehabilitation of the Johnstown Train Station and Blacksmith Shop. We maintain an extensive archive of photographs, documents and objects that are significant to the history of this area.


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The Saltsburg Area Historical Society just discovered a scrap book, donated by a relative, about Boyd "Buzz" Wagner of Johnstown. He was a decorated army pilot in WWII. Interested? Contact our Historical Society if so.
Recently found this among some old photos. Sanitary dairy in Johnstown 1923 calendar
We are hosting an event: SPARKS Yoga, Building an Inclusive Community. Please join us at https://www.facebook.com/events/1242764992762380/
For those familiar with the Staple Bend Tunnel bike trail near Mineral Point, check out this photo comparison. Top is current from Google. Bottom is 1939. Circled is an entire town, now completely lost to a deep forest. I believe this was a coal company town called "Black Diamond" but I have not been able to find much about it so far. I got the '39 pic from the excellent PSU "Penn Pilot" resource.
Are restaurants in your area open yet? We’d like to come for an overnight visit to see museum & would like to be able to eat if we come.
Watching the 93 academy award winning documentary on the 1889 flood. God Bless all those lost
Any idea?
a look at the trajectory of COVID-19 cases in Cambria County
Does anyone remember this band? Supposedly from the Johnstown area in the sixties. The Continentals
On Saturday, April 25th at 10:00 a.m. the Friends of the Johnstown Flood National Memorial will be conducting a headstone cleaning at the Unknown Plot at Grandview Cemetery. To volunteer, e-mail [email protected] or call 814-244-0899.
When is the Jolly Trolly?