Johnstown Area Heritage Association

Johnstown Area Heritage Association Preserving our heritage, revitalizing our community through the Johnstown Discovery Network. 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.
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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.

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Our thanks to the Minor family for sharing their photos of the Halloween Hullabaloo with us, and to all who came out to ...
11/04/2020

Our thanks to the Minor family for sharing their photos of the Halloween Hullabaloo with us, and to all who came out to celebrate in a socially distanced, safe way.

11/03/2020

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Halloween Hullabaloo on Friday! We'd also like to express our appreciation to our sponsors for helping make the evening possible: Dr. John Ridella; Macaroni Kid Johnstown/Laurel Highlands/Altoona; Beginnings, Inc.; The Learning Lamp; Cambria County Library; Family Medical Center, Conemaugh Healthcare System/Duke LifePoint; SEADS Garden Center; Young Heart Books and Toys; CFO Strategies LLC; Johnstown's Moneyman; State Farm -- Donna Christopher; Flood City Flooring; McKolosky Chiropractic; Stuver's Riverside Nursery; Dickert Farms; Olive Garden; SUPPES FORD; Coney Island Hot Dogs; Westwood Plaza Theatre & Cafe; Giant Eagle; and Hogue's Fun Factory. Thank you!!

Today! More Halloween fun in our area.
10/31/2020

Today! More Halloween fun in our area.

A nice fire and warm food at Peoples Natural Gas Park as part of our Halloween Hullabaloo!
10/30/2020

A nice fire and warm food at Peoples Natural Gas Park as part of our Halloween Hullabaloo!

10/30/2020

A reminder! Tonight's Halloween Hullabaloo will take place at multiple JAHA locations, to help promote social distancing. If you plan to buy a ticket on-site, you can pay with cash or credit card at the Heritage Discovery Center or Johnstown Flood Museum; or with cash only at Peoples Natural Gas Park. If you have already bought your ticket, you can begin your evening at any of these locations. Remember, masks are required at all locations! See you soon.

Tonight’s the night! Don’t miss our Halloween Hullabaloo - A safe(r) trick or treat event for families! Our staff is wor...
10/30/2020

Tonight’s the night! Don’t miss our Halloween Hullabaloo - A safe(r) trick or treat event for families! Our staff is working hard on decorations and preparation — as a reminder, the Children’s Museum is closed during the day today as we get ready. See you soon — it’s going to be a spooky good time!

10/29/2020

Our Halloween Hullabaloo is taking place on Friday starting at 4:00 pm!

The Johnstown Children's Museum will be closed Friday in preparation for this event, while the Johnstown Flood Museum will be taken over by the Hullabaloo at 4:00 pm — our documentary will not be played beyond 3 pm.

The Iron and Steel Gallery at the Heritage Discovery Center will be taken over by our Halloween Hullabaloo creators all of Friday, too!

When you buy an advance ticket to tomorrow’s Halloween Hullabaloo - A safe(r) trick or treat event for families!, you ge...
10/29/2020

When you buy an advance ticket to tomorrow’s Halloween Hullabaloo - A safe(r) trick or treat event for families!, you get a chance to win this fantastic cauldron of candy and treats, including a gift card to Coney Island Johnstown! Call 539-1889 or stop by the Heritage Discovery Center to get yours.

We are AWASH in candy as we prepare for this Friday's Halloween Hullabaloo - A safe(r) trick or treat event for families...
10/28/2020

We are AWASH in candy as we prepare for this Friday's Halloween Hullabaloo - A safe(r) trick or treat event for families!! Make plans now to attend this frightfully fun event -- click on the event name for complete details.

Somethjng’s brewing! Preparations for our Halloween Hullabaloo, our safe(r) trick-or-treat event for families on Oct. 30...
10/26/2020

Somethjng’s brewing! Preparations for our Halloween Hullabaloo, our safe(r) trick-or-treat event for families on Oct. 30, are in full swing. Here we see decorations at the Wagner-Ritter House, one of four JAHA locations that are part of the evening!

The view from our Rooftop Garden as the fog cleared this morning! This beautiful space can be rented — if you’re interes...
10/23/2020

The view from our Rooftop Garden as the fog cleared this morning! This beautiful space can be rented — if you’re interested, contact us at 539-1889.

JAHA is delighted to help host this event by Johnstown's Moneyman! Instructions on how to enter the competition are incl...
10/21/2020

JAHA is delighted to help host this event by Johnstown's Moneyman! Instructions on how to enter the competition are included below.

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We appreciated The Tribune-Democrat's coverage of our elevator campaign, and all who have contributed so far! Please hel...
10/15/2020
Discovery center’s elevator campaign nears halfway point

We appreciated The Tribune-Democrat's coverage of our elevator campaign, and all who have contributed so far! Please help us keep the campaign going UP.

Johnstown Area Heritage Association announced that the project to replace the Heritage Discovery Center’s elevator is nearing its halfway point.

This week we held a (socially distanced) retirement luncheon for two staff members -- Marcia Kelly (left) and Kim Baxter...
10/02/2020
Thanks and appreciation to Marcia Kelly and Kim Baxter! - Johnstown Area Heritage Association

This week we held a (socially distanced) retirement luncheon for two staff members -- Marcia Kelly (left) and Kim Baxter, who have served JAHA for a combined total of 56 years! Read more about them in our latest blog post. Please join us in wishing them all the best in retirement.

JAHA staff gathered for a (socially distanced) retirement luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 30, for Marcia Kelly (left) and Kim Baxter! The two honorees are pictured above, holding chocolates to commemorate the number of years they’ve spent with us — 43 ...

In 1910, Johnstown's African American population was just 450 -- but by 1930, it had swelled to nearly 3,000. This new p...
09/29/2020
New panel on Great Migration added to permanent exhibition; elevator fund keeps going up! - Johnstown Area Heritage Association

In 1910, Johnstown's African American population was just 450 -- but by 1930, it had swelled to nearly 3,000. This new panel in the Heritage Discovery Center's permanent exhibition explains the local story of a national event, The Great Migration, the period when more than 6 million African Americans from the South moved to cities in the industrial north and midwest. The HDC is currently open Thurs-Fri-Sat from 10am-5pm -- welcome!

The permanent exhibition at the Heritage Discovery Center, “America: Through Immigrant Eyes,” has received an addition that tells the story of later migrants: African Americans from the South who came to Johnstown from 1916-1930. “’America: Through Immigrant Eyes’ covers the period ...

09/28/2020

Something's brewing! We're working on a socially distanced, safe trick-or-treating event across several JAHA facilities for Friday, October 30! Stay tuned for more...

"A Steelworker's Story" at the Heritage Discovery Center features many personal artifacts and remembrances, but none mor...
09/21/2020
Frozen in time: Grandfather's watch, stopped at moment of train wreck 100 years ago, symbolizes dangerous nature of early steel work, curator says

"A Steelworker's Story" at the Heritage Discovery Center features many personal artifacts and remembrances, but none more moving than the tragic accident described in this story. Visit Thurs, Fri, and Sat from 10am-5pm to find out more.

On Sept. 22, 1920, Hetrick Miller, age 23; Frank Bruneau, 28; and W.H. Walls, 26, lost their lives when two trains violently collided around 4 a.m. on Cambria Steel Company's

JAHA CEO Richard Burkert is rocking a stone bridge mask his daughter had made for him! How  cool is that?
09/18/2020

JAHA CEO Richard Burkert is rocking a stone bridge mask his daughter had made for him! How cool is that?

A great online resource to explore: The America's Industrial Heritage publications! Completed in the 80s and 90s, these ...
09/16/2020
America's Industrial Heritage — Southwestern Pennsylvania

A great online resource to explore: The America's Industrial Heritage publications! Completed in the 80s and 90s, these books about 9 counties in SW PA were a project of the National Park Service. Of particular interest locally: “The Character of a Steel Mill City: 4 Historic Neighborhoods of Johnstown,” which gives a wonderful overview of Johnstown, Downtown, Cambria City/Minersville, and Westmont; and “Historic Resource Study: Cambria Iron Company.” Great info about Windber: “A Legacy of Coal: The Coal Company Towns of SW PA.”

"As cooler weather approaches, many grounded travelers will not be able to escape to the outdoors as they did during the...
09/15/2020
Museums are reopening to a new audience: Locals eager to ‘travel’

"As cooler weather approaches, many grounded travelers will not be able to escape to the outdoors as they did during the summer. Beyond staying at home amid the expected winter rise in covid-19 cases and braving the cold outdoors, however, there is a middle ground: the museum." Welcome!

The institutions are proving that cities aren’t “dead” by providing a window to travel during the pandemic.

09/09/2020

Folks! JAHA is looking for part-time maintenance/janitorial staff. Must be available weekends as well as days. If you're interested, please call 539-1889 or drop by the Johnstown Flood Museum or Heritage Discovery Center during opening hours for an application.

Everyone! Our elevator fund continues to go UP! We are now at more than $38,500 -- please help us continue toward our go...
09/08/2020
JAHA is grounded! HELP!!, organized by Mark Pasquerilla

Everyone! Our elevator fund continues to go UP! We are now at more than $38,500 -- please help us continue toward our goal.

When a group of partners built the Germania Brewery in 1907, they wanted a tall building. La… Mark Pasquerilla needs your support for JAHA is grounded! HELP!!

Tara Fritz, a native of Johnstown at George Mason University, reached out to let us know about a virtual book event that...
09/03/2020
The Culture of Calamity - Crowdcast

Tara Fritz, a native of Johnstown at George Mason University, reached out to let us know about a virtual book event that's set for tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 4) at noon. Author Cynthia Kierner will discuss "Inventing Disaster: The Culture of Calamity from the Jamestown Colony to the Johnstown Flood." The event is free, and you can register to attend at the link below.

Register now for Fall for the Book's event on Crowdcast, scheduled to go live on Friday September 04, 2020 at 12:00 pm EDT.

Folks! As of today, our elevator campaign has risen to more than $37,000! We are grateful for every donation -- large an...
09/02/2020
JAHA is grounded! HELP!!, organized by Mark Pasquerilla

Folks! As of today, our elevator campaign has risen to more than $37,000! We are grateful for every donation -- large and small. If you can, please help us continue moving up toward our goal by donating securely online at the link below.

When a group of partners built the Germania Brewery in 1907, they wanted a tall building. La… Mark Pasquerilla needs your support for JAHA is grounded! HELP!!

We appreciated The Tribune-Democrat's coverage of our newest addition to the Johnstown Children's Museum -- the Wentzsco...
09/01/2020
Museum unveils new microscope designed for children

We appreciated The Tribune-Democrat's coverage of our newest addition to the Johnstown Children's Museum -- the Wentzscope!

The Johnstown Children’s Museum, located on the third floor of the Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave., in the Cambria City section of Johnstown, has unveiled a new interactive exhibit

We are so happy to have the Johnstown Children's Museum open again! RSVPs are encouraged but not required, and we are wo...
08/28/2020

We are so happy to have the Johnstown Children's Museum open again! RSVPs are encouraged but not required, and we are working hard to keep the space sanitized and safe. Our website has full details! Welcome back, everyone.

Exciting news as the Johnstown Children's Museum prepares to reopen to the public tomorrow -- a new interactive exhibiti...
08/26/2020
Wentzscope unveiled as Johnstown Children's Museum opens to the public; elevator campaign going up! - Johnstown Area Heritage Association

Exciting news as the Johnstown Children's Museum prepares to reopen to the public tomorrow -- a new interactive exhibition in the Conemaugh Health System Career Corner, made possible by the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies! Read all about the Wentzscope, a special kid-friendly microscope, at our latest blog post. Welcome back to the museum!

Visitors to the Johnstown Children’s Museum have an exciting new interactive exhibit to explore when the museum reopens to the public this week. The Wentzscope is a microscope specifically designed for museum installations that is sturdy and easy to use, allowing ...

Our elevator fund is GOING UP! Since January we've been working on raising money to replace the Heritage Discovery Cente...
08/26/2020
JAHA is grounded! HELP!! organized by Mark Pasquerilla

Our elevator fund is GOING UP! Since January we've been working on raising money to replace the Heritage Discovery Center elevator -- a $90,000 campaign. Obviously, this is not the easiest time to fundraise, but thanks to your generosity, as of today we are over $36,500! Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who have supported this effort, and please help us by continuing to donate at the link below, and liking and sharing this post.

When a group of partners built the Germania Brewery in 1907, they wanted a tall building. La… Mark Pasquerilla needs your support for JAHA is grounded! HELP!!

We appreciated The Tribune-Democrat's coverage of the reopening of the Johnstown Children's Museum!
08/25/2020
JAHA welcomes back children to Johnstown museum

We appreciated The Tribune-Democrat's coverage of the reopening of the Johnstown Children's Museum!

On Thursday, Johnstown Area Heritage Association will reopen the Johnstown Children’s Museum in the Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Great news -- the Johnstown Children's Museum is reopening to the public this week! Opening hours for our museums are no...
08/24/2020
Johnstown Children's Museum to reopen to the public on Aug. 27; elevator campaign continues! - Johnstown Area Heritage Association

Great news -- the Johnstown Children's Museum is reopening to the public this week! Opening hours for our museums are now as follows: Johnstown Flood Museum, 10:00 am-5:00 pm Wed., Thurs., Fri., and Sat., noon-5:00 pm on Sun.; while the Heritage Discovery Center, including the Johnstown Children's Museum (which is located on the third floor) is open on Thurs., Fri., and Sat. only from 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Walk-in visitors are welcome, but families are strongly encouraged to call 539-1889 to reserve a two-hour slot to visit the children's museum! Complete details on the children's museum re-opening, including COVID safety protocols and scheduling, are available at our blog post below.

The Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA) is reopening the Johnstown Children’s Museum to the public, beginning on Aug. 27. JAHA closed the entire Heritage Discovery Center and Johnstown Flood Museum on March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On June 9, ...

We recently came across this remarkable portrait of Pauline Gordon, who owned and operated the Gordon Mortuary in the Lu...
08/24/2020
Portrait of a woman wearing a hat, eyeglasses, dress with dark collar and cuff, fur, wristwatch, and name tag that reads “Miss Pauline Gordon Assessor Johnstown, PA Cambria, Co.”, holding a dark handbag in left hand, in interior with light...

We recently came across this remarkable portrait of Pauline Gordon, who owned and operated the Gordon Mortuary in the Ludwig/Clara Barton House from the time she bought the property in 1974. This photo is from 1956; occasion unknown. From the collection of Charles "Teenie" Harris, the preeminent photographer for the PIttsburgh Courier from 1935-1975, in the holdings of the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Charles “Teenie” Harris, c. 1956

Workers found a small stack of these cards in the Clara Barton House in #Johnstown! The house is where Clara Barton stay...
08/21/2020

Workers found a small stack of these cards in the Clara Barton House in #Johnstown! The house is where Clara Barton stayed during the relief effort for the 1889 flood. Members of the Ludwig family lived in the house until 1973. In 1974, the house was sold to Pauline Gordon, who moved her mortuary business there. Gordon, who was a prominent woman entrepreneur and active in politics (as seen by this card) and the NAACP, passed away in 2003 at the age of 83. Currently, efforts to refurbish the home are underway by the newly formed nonprofit Clara Barton House & Gardens Inc.

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201 6th Ave
Johnstown, PA
15906

General information

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.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

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(814) 539-1889

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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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Recently found this among some old photos. Sanitary dairy in Johnstown 1923 calendar
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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?
Are you doing the Jolly Trolley this year? My kids keep asking if Bob and Clyde are coming back.