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Starting in 1937 the 17-7-8 Community Association undertook advance plans for a music pavilion.  The entire project was to cost $70,000 with a sponsors share of $14,318.  Thousands of individuals as well as organizations, businesses, industries and schools contributed to the fund.

1940 SOUVENIR PROGRAM (FREE DOWNLOAD BELOW)

We were able to locate an actual  Souvenir Program from June 17th to 24th 1940 when the BandShell was first opened.  This file is in PDF format stuffed in a ZIP folder.

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1940 SOUVENIR PROGRAM Download 

October 26, 1937
Representatives appeared before City Council and requested permission to have a music pavilion erected in Roxbury Park.

December 6, 1937
The association authorized a committee to obtain the necessary data for construction of an edifice in Johnstown.

January 4, 1938
City authorities met with the 17-7-8 Community Association and encouraged it to launch a campaign to raise the sponsor’s share of a pavilion project in Johnstown.

May 16, 1938
Campaign was launched and the project plans were placed in the hands of WPA officials several months later.

December 1939 and March 1939
The plans were sent back for revision.

April 1939
Plans finally approved

May 14, 1939
Ground breaking ceremonies were held with over 3000 people in attendance.

OLD PHOTO COLLECTION
If you have old photos of the Bandshell let us know.  we want to show the world the history of this structure visually

Photos Taken By: Leonard Emeigh – He was a truck driver that hauled steel to the Bandshell site.

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