My Maine Stories

Museum L-A Hosts Story Collection Dates for My Maine Stories Portal
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 to schedule a short session during the Story Collection dates. 
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