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Exhibit Poster

Rivers of Immigration: Peoples of the Androscoggin


October 24, 2009 through August 31, 2010

Guests were treated to the sounds and tastes of Franco-American, Irish, Somali and other cultures as Rivers of Immigration: Peoples of the Androscoggin opened on Saturday, October 24 in the Museum's new special exhibits gallery on the first floor. Collaborating with the Museum for this exhibit are Anne Kemper, Counselor/Coordinator of the Lewiston Adult Education Adult Learning Center and Catherine Besteman, Professor of Anthropology at Colby College as well as members and leaders of the local Somali Bantu community.

This exhibit not only showcases the cultural diversity of the Twin Cities, but also reminds us that history repeats itself in the immigrant experience.

Immigrants from Somalia, China, Peru and other lands share their journeys from their home lands to L-A through personal stories and photographs. An illustrated Timeline traces the arrival of some of the immigrant groups to L-A since the mid-1800s.

An interactive Writing Wall invites visitors to contribute their thoughts and stories of immigration to the area. Community members are encouraged to bring in photographs of their ancestors who came to Lewiston-Auburn.