Slate Belt Heritage Center

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The Slate Belt Heritage Center will hold its 2014 Grand Opening on Sunday, April 6 at 2pm. The Heritage Tour Map will be unveiled to the public at that time. Light refreshments will be served and the event will be held in the Chamber Room. In conjunction with the map unveiling a road rally using the Heritage Map will be held at 9am on that same day. Applications for the road rally may be picked up at local businesses or printed from our website using the link below.

Road Rally Application

Monthly Lecture Series

Summer lectures are the 2nd Thursday of the month from April to November at 7:00 pm.

Check the schedule often as lectures may change.

Upcoming lectures feature:

Thursday, June 8th, 2014 from 1 pm to 4 pm

Guided bus tour of the Slate Belt Eastern area. Cost is $10 per person.

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 @ 7 pm

Walter Emery presents "Portland and Mt. Bethel History".

Current Collections

Our collections are constantly changing. The next collections include:

April 2014

Sightsee and Savor: A Heritage Tour of the Slate Belt. The collection shows creative process behind the new Heritage Tour Map and expands the Slate Belt story through pictures and artifacts.

See Photo Gallery of Past Exhibits


Old Town Hall The Slate Belt Heritage Center was built in 1907 and originally served as the town hall, council chambers, borough offices, and fire department for the town of Bangor, Pennsylvania. In 1998, a group of determined citizens decided to save the deteriorating building and use it to house local heritage.

In February 1999, the Bangor Town Council was approached regarding leasing this historic structure in order to restore it to its original state. Many volunteers enthusiastically began the arduous task of refurbishing the center from its hardwood floors to the tower housing the old town clock.

One of the highlights is a mural that covers the entire wall of the staircase painted by art students from Bangor High School depicting the history of Bangor from its beginning to the end of the 20th century.

In 2000, the Slate Belt Heritage Center opened its doors to the public in order to serve as a tribute to the early Slate Belt settlers and showcase their unique blend of ethnic cultures. The center contains two floors of self-guided exhibits.