LEWISTON – Approximately 50 people representing many segments of Lewiston-Auburn’s population gathered on a warm, humid evening last week to participate in a discussion about the future of Museum L-A, with potential locations, collections, programming and exhibits among the topics covered. Professional museum planners from E. Verner Johnson of Boston facilitated the community forum held at the site of the current museum in the Bates Mill Complex.

Those attending were asked what they wanted and didn’t want in a museum, what would make it a success and pitfalls to avoid, and what role it would play in their lives and in the community.

It appeared that the museum’s planning committees are in sync with the ideas and points raised during the forum. “The people want a museum that is a vibrant part of the community,” Museum L-A Executive Director Rachel Desgrosseillers noted. “They want to see exhibits that change often and offer programs that involve the schools and reach out into the community.

“Many of the ideas and suggestions received will help the Planning Committee come up with a plan for an authentic community museum that will connect generations, become a gathering place and create engaging and meaningful learning experiences,” Desgrosseilliers continued.

Museum L-A, incorporated in 1996, is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the history of the Industrial Revolution and its workers in Lewiston-Auburn.

Museum L-A is open Monday through Saturday and is located at 35 Canal St. in the Bates Mill Complex. For more information, call 333-3881 or e-mail Desgrosseilliers at [email protected]