Day Trips


Tuesday, April 30

Johnstown Flood Memorials 
7:30 a.m.–7:15 p.m.

Registration deadline and last day to withdraw for a full refund: April 1

Members and Guests: $65 for members and for nonmembers (includes motorcoach transportation, tours, and admissions; meals on your own). Discount parking is available at Soldiers and Sailors Garage for $10 and must be purchased before April 15.

Although it’s been 130 years since the Johnstown Flood, its story and legacy still overwhelms and serves as a warning to us on the power of nature and man’s responsibility to it. Led by Dr. Paul D. Newman, professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, we visit important sites to learn the story of this disaster.  Our stop at the Johnstown Flood National Memorial, which is on the site of the remains of the South Fork Hunting and Fishing Club, includes a ride through the club and a visit to the remains of the dam that broke and led to the deaths of more than 2,200 people.

We travel the 14-mile path of the flood to downtown Johnstown to tour the Johnstown Flood Museum. We will pay our respects at the Grandview Cemetery that features the Monument of Tranquility overlooking the Unknown Plot, the 777 graves of unidentified victims who perished in the 1889 Johnstown Flood. Our trip includes the Heritage Discovery Center that tells the story of immigrants’ lives as they moved from the Old Country to live and work in Johnstown.  (This trip involves moderate walking and many cases of entering and departing the bus. If you cannot do this on your own, you must notify us as soon as possible.)