Museum L-A celebrates history of local workers, industries

Located in the first building that was to become part of the world-renown Bates Manufacturing Company, Museum L-A is preserving and telling the stories of the local textile, shoe, and brick-making industries and the people who worked in them through engaging exhibits, programs and community outreach.
The Museum’s newest exhibit, Portraits & Voices: Brickyard Roads, opened on Aug. 1 and will be up for approximately one year. The exhibit is the second in the Portraits & Voices series based on oral histories of workers in Lewiston-Auburn’s textile, brick and shoe-making industries. This exhibit tells the story of the local brickmaking industry with first-person oral histories, documentary photographs, films showing the process – past and present, specially-commissioned artwork celebrating the art of brickmaking and more.
A variety of educational programs and special events for all ages are offered throughout the year; watch for announcements. Sun Journal.
Museum L-A is located in the Bates Mill Complex at the corner of Canal and Chestnut streets. Parking is available in front of the building as well as along Canal Street and nearby parking garages. Vehicles may enter the complex via Chestnut Street and proceed to the far end of the parking area. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Group tours are available upon request. For more information, please call 207-333-881 or visit the Museum’s web site at .

Caption: Along with special and permanent exhibits, Museum L-A offers a variety of programs for all ages. Youngsters constructed their own water wheels at a Museum L-A’s Science Discovery Workshop

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