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May 2012 - Merchants Bank Sponsors Sixth Book in a Series for Slate Belt Heritage Center



(Bangor, PA) Merchants Bank proudly continues its support of the Slate Belt Heritage Center by sponsoring the printing of their most recent book, “Famiglia, Fede, e Comunità- Family, Faith, and Community: The Italian Experience in Pennsylvania’s Slate Belt.” The book by Angela Herrlinger is the sixth in a series of ten publications. Each book focuses on a different aspect of the Slate Belt’s heritage.


Merchants Bank was founded in 1890 in Bangor, Pennsylvania.  The Bank, which is headquartered in Bangor, has eight offices throughout the Lehigh Valley. The Board of Directors continues to proudly support the community’s organizations and individuals who have been instrumental in the Bank’s growth.


“Once again, as a result of this tremendous book series thanks to our friends at the Slate Belt Heritage Center, local historians continue to vividly document the challenges, successes and fortitude of our ancestors,” noted Anthony Biondi, Chief Executive Officer at Merchants Bank. “This series is a must-read for anyone who is interested in traditional small town values and heritage. Thanks to Angela Herrlinger, the series continues to exemplify the literary and pictorial excellence established in the preceding five editions.”


“The Slate Belt Heritage Center is very grateful to the Merchants Bank for helping us to publish this book,” said Cathy Heard, Heritage Book committee member. “By underwriting the publication costs, the Bank enables us to document the ethnic groups who created the cultural and social fabric of the Slate Belt and preserve their stories for future generations,” added Heard.


The book can be purchased at the Slate Belt Heritage Center and at Merchants Bank branches. The cost of the book is $25. An Italian Heritage Exhibit is on view at the Heritage Center from noon to three each weekend from now through August.


Merchants Bank is a locally owned and operated community bank. Merchants operates two offices in Bangor, PA, with additional offices located in Mount Bethel, Wind Gap, Martins Creek, Easton, Forks Township, and Nazareth. MNB Investment Services is a division of the Bank and offers investment and wealth management financial services. More information can be accessed at