News Archive

July 12, 2017

New Staff Join Museum L-A 

Museum L-A is pleased to announce the addition of new employees.

Kathy Becvar, the Museum’s new full-time Director of Development, previously worked as the Director of Development for Central Maine Healthcare Corporation, overseeing fundraising for Central Maine Medical Center, Bridgton Hospital and Rumford Hospital. Kathy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies with concentration in human resources, employee training and development and computer technology. She will provide leadership and management to advance the fundraising of the Museum. In addition, Kathy will oversee all marketing and public relations activities.  

Emma Sieh is the Museum’s part-time Collections and Exhibits Coordinator. She started her career as a collections volunteer at the Heritage Flight Museum in Washington State. She was then asked by their Director of Programs to become their official Collections Manager working to help maintain and update collection spaces and policies, as well as creating and redesigning exhibits and displays. She graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology in 2014 and recently received her M.A. in Museum Studies, with a focus on collections and exhibition development, from Southern University at New Orleans. She will provide collections management expertise, help to coordinate, plan, and curate future exhibitions, and chair several committees within the organization. 

Kate Webber will serve as the Museum’s full-time Director of Education and Outreach. As a student at Bates College, she collaborated with Museum L-A to plan an outreach event. She graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology in 2011. After two years as an Island Institute AmeriCorps Fellow with the Swan’s Island Historical Society, she authored Swan’s Island Chronicles: Borrowed, Exaggerated, and Half-forgotten Tales of Island Life. Kate most recently worked as Communications & Development Assistant at the Maine Humanities Council. In 2017, she received her M.A. in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. She will serve as Museum L-A’s chief programmatic strategist, and will develop partnerships with schools and community organizations to expand the museum’s role as a resource to Lewiston-Auburn.

In a related change, Robert Caron is moving from his current role as Project Coordinator to our new part-time Visitor Services and Volunteer Coordinator. Robert has been with the Museum for two years and offers an extensive array of experience from human resources, employee training and development, and data collection and analysis. Robert has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Maine at Farmington and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources from Thomas College. He is responsible for all aspects of Visitor Services including the development of new programs and the coordination of tours and volunteer services.

“We are extremely pleased and excited to have three highly qualified staff joining Museum L-A, says Rachel Desgrossielliers, Executive Director. “These individuals bring additional resources including experience in the areas of fundraising and marketing, education and outreach programs, and curation, collections and exhibits that is crucial to bringing us to the next level of who we want to be as an organization. Our community can expect to see many changes over the next several months and beyond.”

Museum L-A is currently located in the Bates Mill Complex at 35 Canal Street in Lewiston, Maine. It is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and by appointment only. For more information, please contact or call 207-333-3881.
Press Release: 6/29/2017
Rachel Desgrosseilliers – 207-333-3881 or
Janice L. Moore – 207-865-4912; email:

Museum L-A Exhibit connects artifacts and artwork to future growth potential

LEWISTON – Museum L-A announces its new thought provoking exhibit “Structures & Patterns: The Remnants of Our Work” in collaboration with their guest curator Janice L. Moore, fine arts painter, and photographer, Mark Marchesi. The exhibit includes works by these artists and incorporates authentic mill artifacts. Both artists and the Museum are examining the community’s relationship to industrial mills in Maine, specifically the historical city of Lewiston. The goal of the exhibit is to evoke a sense of reverence for the mills and elevate the mill buildings to the level of importance they deserve in a viewer’s eyes. It also aims to help people understand that although our old working factories are often seen as just abandoned work structures, they are actually renewed and repurposed industrial sites not to be taken for granted. The exhibit will be open from July 15 to October 28.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, July 15 from 5-7pm and is free to the public. The reception will be an excellent opportunity to meet the artists and marvel at the intricacies of their work and the buildings that inspired them.

A panel discussion “New Patterns: Planning the Future of our New Work” will be held on October 18 at 5:30 pm and will include members of the community, business owners, nonprofit organizations and creative entrepreneurs. Each voice will bring an important perspective to a conversation about the economic future of the City of Lewiston. The discussion will highlight the significant impact of the
growing creative/maker community, in addition to how these industrial structures could help shape Lewiston’s future landscape and economy.

“I wanted a way for the work I’ve been creating for so long to be useful in some way. Showing this art in this repurposed mill space feels perfect,” says Janice L. Moore, Curator & Artist. “The exhibit itself becomes part of the process of repurposing at the Mill and creates a new opportunity to be in this space, to see, to notice, to remember and to share. Art as a reflection of what is, what was and what’s next,” she continues. “My hope is that the art and archives can serve as another platform for the ongoing conversation the L/A community has been engaging in toward its’ reimagined and revitalized future.”

We hope to engage these audiences in a multigenerational dialogue that spans across multiple sectors. We want to ask – what would happen if a real estate developer, a retired mill worker and young people shared their ideas and visions for what their city could be?

“Museum L-A believes that rather than push ideas at our visitors, we strive to pull ideas from them,” says Rachel Desgrosseilliers, Executive Director of Museum L-A. “We will use imagination to envision the community that meets their needs and the needs of generations to come.”

Throughout the exhibit, Museum L-A, in collaboration with the Maine Historical Society, hopes to capture stories and memories for My Maine Stories for the Maine Memory Network collection. Museum visitors are encouraged to share their memories of the Mills of Maine.

This project is made possible with generous support from Talley-O Design, Platz Associates, Kimball Street Studios and Center Street Dental.

Museum L-A is located at 35 Canal Street in the Bates Mill Complex and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $4.00 for seniors and students, and free for children 5 years or under. Admission includes a guided tour. For more information contact the Museum at 207-333-3881 or email
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