• A view of the South and North abutments of the South Fork Dam.  The Visitor Center, Unger House, and Spring House are visible in the background.  As is visible, a spur railroad line connects coal trains with the main line of the railroad.

    Johnstown Flood

    National Memorial Pennsylvania

125th Anniversary Commemoration of the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889

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Luminaries line the remains of the South Fork Dam and other park areas.

NPS

May 31, 2014, will mark the 125th Annviersary of the Great Johnstown Flood. The National Park Service and our friends at the Johnstown Area Heritage Association are planning numerous events for this commemmoration. Events are being planned for both downtown Johnstown and the Johnstown Flood National Memorial in St. Michael, PA. Click on the highlighted link to learn about events being hosted by the Johnstown Area Heritage Association. This page will feature all the NPS events.

***Educators and Students***
Calling all poets and artists! The Johnstown Flood National Memorial has received all entries for the 125th Anniversary youth art contest, "Hope and Recovery Through Artists Eyes."

A panel of judges will review the submissions and the top three poets and the top three artists at the elementary, middle school and high school levels will be invited to the commemoration of the flood on May 31st at Johnstown Flood National Memorial in South Fork, PA for special recognition. The winning artwork and poems will be displayed in the Johnstown Flood National Memorial visitor center as part of a special exhibit that will open on May 31 and run through the summer. All submissions have been uploaded to the Johnstown Flood National Memorial Flickr page. Click on the highlighted link to see all entries.

***THERE WILL BE NO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED BETWEEN DOWNTOWN JOHNSTOWN AND THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD NATIONAL MEMORIAL LOCATION. THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD NATIONAL MEMORIAL IS APPROXIMATELY 14 MILES OR A 20 MINUTE DRIVE FROM DOWNTOWN JOHNSTOWN.***

Saturday, May 31, 2014:
9:00 am-11:00 pm
-Visitor Center open
9:00 am-1:00 pm-The park film, "Black Friday," will be shown ON THE HOUR.
12:00 pm-3:00 pm-Poster session on the three key telegraph messages.
1:00 pm-4:00 pm-Film will not be shown, in lieu of a special NPS presentation.
2:00 pm-3:00 pm-History of the South Fork Dam Vignettes. (Outside next to Unger House; held in the Visitor Center Theatre in case of rain)
3:10 pm-4:07 pm-Beginning at the park site with music, bells will be rung in each of the villages hit by the flood, culminating with bells being rung in Johnstown to commemorate the moment when the flood hit there.
5:00 pm-10:00 pm-"Black Friday" showings will resume, ON THE HOUR.
7:00 pm-11:00 pm-2,209 luminaries will line the remains of the South Fork Dam and other park areas, one for each of the victims. This year, a victims name will appear on each bag. Further, as an added tribute, victims names will also be read aloud.

Sunday, June 1, 2014:
9:00 am-5:00 pm-Visitor Center will be open. Park film, "Black Friday," will be shown every :15 past the hour, beginning at 9:15 am and the last showing will be at 4:15 pm.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED FOR THE FOLLOWING TOURS; CALL (814) 495-4643

10:30 am-4:30 pm-Special guided tours of the Clubhouse (meet at the Clubhouse)beginning at 10:30 am and the last tour will begin at 3:30 pm. Tours are limited to 15 people per group.
10:00 am-5:00 pm-Journey Around Lake Conemaugh Van Tours (Tours meet at the park Visitor Center) on the hour, with the last tour beginning at 4:00 pm. Tours are limited to 12 people each.
Time and Location to be Announced: Grandview Cemetery tour/program. Check back for more information.

After May 31 and June 1:
Lots of great activities are planned for the 2014 summer at Johnstown Flood National Memorial. Events will be held through Labor Day weekend. Click here to see the Schedule of Events. NOTE: This schedule also includes events held at our sister national park, Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site.

Did You Know?

Red Cross hotel sign

Some survivors were housed in "Oklahoma" houses, one of the first kind of temporary prefabricated homes ever made. Others lived in Red Cross "hotels."