Learn More About the Northern Appalachian Region

  • Grant and Funding Opportunities

    Three Rivers Community Foundation (TTRCF) advances social change through grant making, advocacy, and capacity development for grassroots and other organizations.

    Points of Historical Interest

    Altoona Railroaders Museum is the United States’ only interactive railroaders museum dedicated to revealing, interpreting, commemorating, and celebrating the significant contributions of railroaders and their families to American life and industry.

    Battle of Homestead Foundation is a diverse organization of citizens, workers, educators, and historians. Its purpose is to preserve, interpret, and promote a people’s history focused on the significance of the dramatic labor conflict at Homestead, Pennsylvania, in 1892.

    Fallingwater is a National Historic Landmark designed by the United States’ most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.

    Johnstown Area Heritage Association is a nonprofit organization that exists to preserve and present this region’s nationally significant stories through museums, special events, cultural and educational programming, and historical collections.

    Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is a recreated turn-of-the 20th-century lumber mill and camp with a visitors center and themed exhibitions, operated by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates.

    Rachel Carson Homestead is the only world-class museum dedicated to Rachel Carson’s life and legacy and to inspiring all people to live in harmony with nature.

    Senator John Heinz Regional History Center is an educational institution that engages and inspires a large and diverse audience with links to the past, understanding in the present, and guidance for the future by preserving regional history and presenting the American experience with a Western Pennsylvania connection.

    Native American Communities in the Region

    Logo of the Council of Three Rivers Native American Indian Center Council of Three Rivers Native American Indian Center is a nonprofit organization under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Internal Revenue Service regulations. It aims at maintaining a sense of Indian-ness, recapturing roots and becoming more conscious of the rights as Native Americans.

    Logo of the Seneca Nation Seneca Nation of Western New York is the largest of six Native American nations comprising the Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois Confederacy or Six Nations, a democratic government that predates the United States Constitution.

    Logo of the Lenape Nation The Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania is a tribal indigenous community with over 10,000 years of history in Pennsylvania. There has been a rich exchange in culture, as well as early and continuing conflicts between those ways of life. As with all triumphs and tragedies, it continues to require thoughtful reflection. The Lenape people have survived displacement and upheaval. The very fact that they are still here is significant.

    Points of Recreational Interest

    This is how the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources maps out Pennsylvania state parks:

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    Once brought to national attention, this scenic and incredibly rich region has been and will be always worth discovering. Northern Appalachian is a splendid place for rafting, hiking, fishing, skiing, camping or just visiting. Find a Northern Appalachian state park or an Indiana County park, and you will discover next for trails, events, lodging and activities.

    Once immersed into its beauty, you will shortly become amazed by its intricate network of springs, streams, rivers, lakes, and waterfalls. Start with Lake Chautauqua and Raystown Lake, and there will be no regrets.