To provide a forum to inspire, motivate and teach young people about their rich cultural and ethnic Inheritance through storytelling, handicrafts and skills demonstrations and seminars, period architecture, garments, tools and lifestyles. We want to provide a powerful and vivid experience that is both entertaining and educational, and engenders in our children and youth interest in the many and varied ethnicities which shaped our nation.
As an historical venue, the Laurel Highlands Historical Village seeks to create an ethnic-centered heritage village reflecting life in earlier times and is accessible to the public. We hope to showcase the contributions, skills and talent of many ethnic groups who shaped the progress of this region.
The Village will be created on a tract of land, and will be complete with replicas of buildings, gardens and trails as well as domestic and work-related features common to the Laurel Highlands region pre-industrial revolution. LHHV’s focus will be on areas such as glass blowing, textiles, agronomy, conservation, blacksmithing, music, farming, food, arts and crafts, with emphasis on teaching the skill in the context of various era lifestyles.
The Laurel Highlands Historical Village, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 2003 to promote appreciation and understanding of the rich cultural and ethnic diversity of the South Western Pennsylvania Highlands region. This area has served as home to many peoples who, in the 19th century, emigrated from their homelands to join the Native Americans living here for generations. The settlers worked in coal mines, steel mills, on railroads, as laborers and farmers. As our nation forged itself into a nation of Liberty, freed African peoples and immigrants from every continent continued to supplement our society. The result is an ever-changing array of culture unlike any in the world.
It is Laurel Highlands Historical Village’s intent to offer our ethnic communities a more diversified, connected and stronger community for future generations.
Living Our Pasts
Growing Our Cultures
Educating Our Children
Preserving Our Diversities
Hope For Our Future
2017 PROJECTS PLANNED and completed
Boating and Fishing Sessions for special needs children.
March thru Oct. interpretive Nature Hikes along the Joseph P. Whipey Trail at the LHHV Forest.
Ongoing—Honan Ave Hiking and Biking Trail Repairs
July Jackson Township Festival
August 5 2017 – Stan Gordon Presentation—A day of discovery, as we uncover the truth and reality behind the unexplained : BigFoot, unknown lights, ghost, UFO’s and other unexplained events in the Laurel Highlands. Folk lure stories
Ongoing— Bird watching at LHHV
Ongoing – Photography sessions with Johnstown camera Club
Ongoing—LHHV mountain and Honan Ave trails are completed. Building overlooks, and amphitheater
Ongoing—Hiking Trail restoration, Amphitheater Construction, Wildlife habitat, General Clean up of forest
Face Book – LHHV