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On May 31, 1889, a neglected dam and a storm led to a catastrophe in which 2,209 people died, thousands were left homeless and a city became a wasteland. The museum shows what happened and why – and the city’s triumphant recovery. Exhibits, artifacts, a map and a survivor’s house are joined by an Academy Award-winning documentary.



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Sep 20

Johnstown Slavic Festival

Sep 20

Johnstown's Game: 75 Years of AAABA Baseball in the Flood City

Sep 28

Brews & Blues in the Valley

Sep 28

Ride the Rails Tour

Oct 05

Fight Childhood Hunger Food Truck Festival

Oct 12

Allegheny Portage Railroad Tour

Oct 12


Oct 19

Johnstown Film Festival

Oct 26

Ultimate Rail Fan Tour