For over a century, slate production was one of the largest industries in Pennsylvania. The landscape of slate mining in Pennsylvania is but one example of the remains of industry past that are physically and figuratively imprinted across the globe. In the American east and south moribund mines, factories, and company towns provide evidence of the last two centuries of the country’s industrial prowess. Across the region, thousands of people still live and work in towns with names like Slatington, Pen Argyl, and Roseto, names that embody material and cultural links to the past. Work continues in some of the mines, and garment factories are beginning to re-open. Our work in the slate belt is an attempt to explore and honor the human connections to the material cultures of the region.