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University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Pennsylvania

The Conference Center at Pitt-Johnstown, located in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, blends the peace and tranquility of nature with the convenience of a suburban location. The natural beauty of this setting has been carefully preserved. Many of the campus walkways are lighted woodland trails. Across the campus, trees and native flora abound. The many stone-faced buildings are in keeping with this scenic terrain. The modern academic facilities, comfortable housing and serene setting have made this one of our most outstanding venues for the Vegetarian Summerfest.

Local Attractions

The area may be best known as the site of one of the worst natural disasters in history: the 1889 Johnstown Flood. Visitors may relive this terrifying event by viewing Charles Guggenheim’s Academy Aware-winning film at the Johnstown Flood Museum.

America: Through Immigrant Eyes, the main exhibit of the Frank & Sylvia Pasquerilla Heritage Discovery Center, tells a national story in a local context. It captures the imaginations of visitors through its innovative use of interactive media. Rather than simply looking at artifacts, you'll actually experience the sights, sounds and even the smells of immigrants' daily lives, and come away with a more complete understanding of the sacrifices and achievements of these Americans in the making.

Enjoy a breathtaking ride aboard the world’s steepest funicular. The Johnstown Inclined Plane provides a panoramic view of Downtown Johnstown and the nearby hills and valleys. The designer Samuel Diescher, of Pittsburgh, an internationally known engineer of vertical railroads, also designed machinery to operate the first Ferris wheel unveiled at the Chicago World's Colombian Exposition in 1893.


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