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September 21, 2017

Museum L-A Seeking Photos for Its Veterans Honor Wall

CONTACT:
Kathy Becvar: 207-333-3881

Museum L-A is looking to honor all veterans in a new temporary exhibit in its main gallery space. The exhibit celebrates the veterans’ fight, struggle, and patriotism during the wars as well as speaks to the history of Bates Mill in reference to war time. 

We want to give family, friends, and the community the opportunity to honor these men and women who have fought for our country. The Museum is accepting photos from all branches of the military and all conflicts. We especially want to collect photos from our veterans of the Vietnam War and beyond to ensure that no generation of veterans is forgotten. 

Museum L-A will be accepting photographs of veterans on Wednesdays from 12:00 – 4:00 pm and Saturdays from 12:00 – 3:00 pm between September 20 and October 30, 2017. If you cannot make it to the Museum during those hours, you may call 207-333-3881 to set up an appointment to bring in your photograph at another time. The Museum plans to incorporate scans of the donated photos into the exhibit on display throughout the months of November and December. 

Each donor will be limited to one photo per veteran. The photos can be of yourself, a family member or loved one, or a friend who you would like to honor on our Honor Wall for their service to our country.

PHOTO CAPTION: Gerard Cote in Bates Mill #5 - Museum L-A Archival Photograph Collection.

September 21, 2017

Museum L-A Hosts Story Collection Dates for My Maine Stories Portal

CONTACT:
Kathy Becvar: 207-333-3881

Museum L-A’s newest temporary exhibit, Structures and Patterns: The Remnants of Our Work, is a thought provoking exhibit in collaboration with fine arts painter Janice L. Moore and photographer Mark Marchesi. Both artists and the Museum are examining the community’s relationship to industrial mills in Maine, specifically in the historical city of Lewiston in order to evoke a sense of reverence for the mills in a viewer’s eyes. The goal is to inspire conversation, discussion, and storytelling about these mill spaces between members of the community in Lewiston-Auburn. 

On September 13th (1:00-4:00 pm) and October 14th (12:00-3:00 pm), Museum L-A will work in conjunction with the Maine Historical Society (MHS) to host Story Collection dates for the new MHS storytelling portal, My Maine Stories. This online storytelling forum is a place where anyone can tell their story about Maine with text, video, audio, and photographs. Any individual who wants to have their personal story preserved can contribute to this portal, as MHS is now expanding to include individual contributors for the first time. 

During these Story Collection dates, Museum L-A invites community members, entrepreneurs, and academics to come to the Museum and share their thoughts, feelings, and stories about the mill spaces being renovated and renewed. We want to hear how people feel about how some of these historic mills are being transformed into spaces for small businesses, apartments, or restaurants, while others are still left vacant and abandoned. Museum L-A would like to extend a special invitation to business owners who currently occupy a mill space to share their stories about how they have made it work for them. 

Anyone who attends can tell their story in any format they choose; an area will be set up to facilitate any audio or video recordings here in the museum and text or photographic contributions may be dropped off at any time during the Story Collection process. To ensure that your story is collected and preserved, please contact Museum L-A at 207-333-3881 or email info@musuemla.org to schedule a short session during the Story Collection dates.

September 6, 2017

Museum L-A Receives Weaving Looms and Spinning Wheels

Museum L-A recently received two adult weaving looms and two spinning wheels from the American Textile Museum of Lowell, Massachusetts to add to its Collections and Education Departments. Museum L-A is honored to be a trusted recipient of these invaluable items.

The looms and spinning wheels will be used in the future as the Museum develops its Design Studio which will offer hands-on education to the public. The Studio will serve as a resource library to educators, artists and community members; educational classes; and a place where people will have access to the equipment to learn and explore. Watch for future announcements for programming.

PHOTO CAPTION: Museum L-A volunteers (L-R: Marcel Gagnon, Kevin Callahan, Joshua Selfors, and Steve Burger load one of the donated looms from the American Textile Museum in Lowell, MA.

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