Special Events-National Parks of Western PA
124th Anniversary of the Great Johnstown Flood
May 31, 2013
On Friday May 31 the National Park Service will commemorate the 124th Anniversary of the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889, from 9:00 am through 10:00 pm. All park facilities will be open and admission is free. Tour the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Clubhouse and talk with costumed park staff. Visitors can view the award winning film, "Black Friday," at the Visitor Center near the remains of the Dam. At the end of the day the public is invited to join park volunteers as we honor the memories of those who perished in the Flood, with the lighting of 2, 209 candles from 7:30-10:00. For more information.
Living History Day
June 29, 2013
On June 29, Allegheny Portage Railroad will conduct the "Living History Day" and children can participate in free Junior Ranger activities. Learn about life and work from the days of the Allegheny Portage Railroad. The National Park Service presents this special day of demonstrations and programs to show skills and daily activities of the 1830s and 1840s. Events will last from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and will include stonecutting, rope making, log hewing, spinning & weaving, clothes washing, cooking, historic weapons demonstrations, a recreated workers encampment, and children's games & activities. For more information.
150th Anniversary of Pontiac's Rebellion
July 20-21, 2013
On July 20 and 21, Fort Necessity, will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Pontiac's Rebellion. Pontiac's Rebellion tells the story of Chief Pontiac, a powerful and respected leader of the Ottawa, Chippewa and Potawatomi who led a rebellion of many tribes against the British and the colonists. Many of the American Indian Nations , primarily from the Great Lakes region, had close trading relationships with France and were appalled to find that at the end of the French and Indian War their lands were now under the control of the British. Pontiac's Rebellion was an attempt by an alliance of American Indian Nations to prevent Great Britain from occupying the land previously claimed by France. Visitors attending this event will be able to tour the authentic encampment of soldiers and warriors and watch historic weapons demonstrations offered throughout the weekend. For more information.
September 11 Commemoration
September 10-11, 2013
In September, Flight 93 National Memorial will conduct the 12th commemoration of the tragic events of September 11, 2011. This year the event will be held on Wednesday, September 11 at 9:30 am. This outdoor event is open to the public and traditionally includes reading the names of the passengers and crew on Flight 93 while the "Bells of Remembrance" are tolled. On the evening of September 10 at sundown, the Friends of Flight 93 will sponsor a Luminaria at the Wall of Names, lighting the forty names until a special late closing at 9:00 pm. Other programming will take place on the weekends before and after September 11. For more information.
FestiFall & Market Fair
September 20-21, 2013
For a great fall weekend on September 20 and 21, plan to attend FestiFall & Market Fair at Friendship Hill NHS. This event is co-sponsored with the Friendship Hill Association and celebrates the life and times of Albert Gallatin, the original owner of Friendship Hill. This free event includes demonstrations of historic trades and crafts and live period music, providing the perfect ambiance for a peaceful afternoon of good food and family fun. While children explore historic toys, the family can enjoy eighteenth century foods that have been the staple of FestiFall since its inception in 1988. For more information.
Did You Know?
Before the flood hit East Conemaugh, train engineer John Hess tried to warn the residents by tying his train whistle down and racing to town ahead of the wave.