Welcome Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA) to Historic Pittsburgh!

Historic Pittsburgh welcomes the Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA) as a new partner who is contributing content to the site. Their first collection that is now available online is the Louis Semple Clarke Collection which depicts members of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, who owned the South Fork Dam whose failure caused the Johnstown Flood on May 31, 1889. The photos were taken over several years in the 1880s by club member Louis Semple Clarke, who was an amateur photographer and later automobile executive. 

This first image collection is part of a project that represents a collaborative effort between three entities -- Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA), the Multimedia and Digital Culture (MMDC) program at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (UPJ), and the University of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS) – to digitize and disseminate a large number of rare photographic collections relating to the 1889 Johnstown Flood. Work on the Louis Semple Clarke collection is paving the way for the PHMC grant-funded digitization of JAHA’s Dwight H. Roberts and Reverend David Beale archival collections. We wish to thank the Pennsylvania Historical and Museums Commission (PHMC) for their support.