Introduction to the Society for Industrial Archeology

The Society for Industrial Archeology is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the study, interpretation, and preservation of industrial sites, structures, artifacts, and technology. Founded in 1971, the Society is North America’s foremost network of people with academic, professional, and avocational interest in the industrial past.

What is Industrial Archeology?

Steel mills, factories, foundries, mines, bridges, trains, canals, grain elevators, textile mills, dams, machine shops, automobile assembly plants, workers’ housing — all of these are the subject matter of industrial archeology.These sites and structures have a unique ability to teach about life and work in the industrial age, to show us how things were (and are) made, and to tangibly demonstrate how industry and technology have shaped our environment and history.

Join the Society for Industrial Archeology

You can join the Society for Industrial Archeology by following the links on our Membership Page

Find out more about the Society through the SIA web site,

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