To establish a public center for programs, artifacts and exhibits reflecting local history and heritage; to perpetuate our Slate Belt heritage through educational programs relating to ethnic contributions, industry, and history, so that future generations can appreciate our valued past; to preserve and utilize historic Bangor Town Hall as the Heritage Center, meeting place and museum.
- Angelo Polo
- Paul Kaiser
- Linda Owens
- Ed Demansky
Who We Are and What We Do:
The Slate Belt Heritage Center serves the 10 municipalities of Slate Belt. We are a not-for profit 501(c)3 organization.
Municipalities include the boroughs of Bangor, East Bangor, Pen Argyl, Portland, Roseto, Wind Gap, Lower Mt. Bethel Township, Upper Mt. Bethel Township, Plainfield Township and Washington Township. The Center was organized in 1999 when a group of volunteers set out to refurbish the original 1905 town hall in Bangor, which had been vacant for several years. With the help of donations, grants and a lot of elbow grease the Slate Belt Heritage Center was created and continues to serve the people of the Slate Belt.
The Heritage Center consists of 9 rooms: Chamber, Slate Room, Cornish Room, Welsh Room, Flicksville Room, Homefront Room, Italian Room, Textile Room and the Fire Engine Room. Each room displays, through exhibits and artifacts, the unique quality of Slate Belt ethnicity or industry. Room exhibits change to keep a fresh look for our visitors. The Chamber is the original Bangor Borough Council meeting room, where the Center holds meetings, public presentations and displays changing, topical exhibits.
The Center also serves the educational needs of the area. Our Oral History Interviews are available to anyone who wants to research the history of the Slate Belt through the eyes of our senior most residents. There is also an extensive library where visitors can research and find genealogy assistance. The DVD collection of all of our monthly speakers is available. The Center also offers specialty speakers who will visit your organization or school upon request.
Saturday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
April - October
Sunday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
November - March, except holidays or inclement weather
30 North First Street
Bangor, PA 18013
During operating hours: 610-599-4993
After hours: 610-588-8615
Email us at SBHC@frontier.com
- From Rt. 80. - Get off Rt. 80 east at Exit 307. Follow signs for Rt. 191 South. Follow Rt. 191 south for 9 miles to Bangor, PA. Once in Bangor the Heritage Center will be on your right.
- From Rt. 33. - Exit Rt. 33 at the Stockertown Exit. Follow signs for Rt. 191 North. Take 191 North for approximate 9 miles until you enter Bangor, Pa. The Heritage center will be on the left.
- From Rt. 78. - Exit Rt. 78 at the Rt. 33 exit. Take 33 North. Exit Rt. 33 at the Stockertown Exit. Follow signs for Rt. 191 North. Take 191 North for approximate 9 miles until you enter Bangor, Pa. The Heritage center will be on the left.
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