LEWISTON — Museum L-A will offer “Heritage of Work” activity programs for children ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday and Thursday, June 13 and 14.  Participants will learn about the textile and shoe industries in Lewiston and Auburn and engage in hands-on activities that complement topics covered.

Programs will run from 3:30 to 5 p.m. each day and will be led by Museum Educators Joan Beal and Diane Williams.

On June 13 the museum will present “All About Cotton” for ages 5 to 7. Children will learn about cotton, how and where it is produced, and about the lives of the workers who made cotton products in Lewiston. 

In “Weave and Spin,” ages 8 to 12 will experiment with weaving and spinning with table looms and drop spindles, see the machines that later did the work and hear about the lives of the workers who changed the production of textiles.

June 14 programs include “Elves and Shoemakers, Old and New” for ages 5 to 7. They will hear stories, songs and rhymes about shoes, see how shoes are made and do a simple craft project.

“Miles in our Shoes” is for ages 8 to 12. They will learn about the history of shoemaking in the community, hear about workers’ lives, then create a hand-sewn leather product.

The cost of both programs is $8 a day or $15 for two days.  Preregistration is required. For more information or to register, email Joan Beal at [email protected] or call Museum L-A  at 333-3881.

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