LEWISTON – Rachel Desgrosseilliers, executive director of Museum L-A, the museum of labor and industry in the Bates Mill, will be the Saints Peter and Paul Society’s speaker on Sunday, Feb. 12, following the 8 a.m. breakfast meeting in the Dominican Conference Room.

Desgrosseilliers will speak on the efforts still being made to collect, preserve and exhibit the history and historical artifacts of life in the mills, the shoe shops and brick-making, which chronicle Lewiston-Auburn’s work history.

“It is essential for our community to preserve its heritage as well as tell its story so that future generations can take pride and learn from the culture that produced some of the world’s finest manufactured products and created a strong family-centered community,” said Desgrosseilliers.

Desgrosseilliers will touch upon the educational program being developed that will be made available to schools and community and which will help continue to build a strong bond between generations.

She will present an update on the partnership that has been created between Bates College and its students with Museum L-A. She will also touch on the ongoing Oral History Project that is conducting in-depth interviews with mill workers along with the photographing of those interviewed to develop a museum-quality travel exhibit.

Finally, Desgrosseilliers will present the plan showing the Consortium of Museums being developed that would bring 10 local nonprofits working together to further the preservation and exhibition of the history of Lewiston-Auburn.

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