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Artifacts from Lewiston and Auburn's textile industry form the majority of Museum L-A's collections. These artifacts were variously left to us in the deserted mills surrounding the museum, salvaged on their way to the dump, or donated by former textile workers and their families. A small portion has been actively acquired by the museum with the goal of filling specific gaps in the collection.

The textile collection currently consists of both modern and vintage locally produced textiles, machinery involved in local production, personal items and tools owned by mill workers, photographs of work and social life, as well as numerous artifacts from different stages of production.

Museum L-A accepts donations from the local textile industry that fit with the mission of the museum. If you are interested in making a donation of an artifact, or helping the museum to acquire a rare item to enhance the collection, we encourage you to contact us at 207-333-3881 or

Collections > Textiles