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LEWISTON - Children ages 8-11 will explore Museum L-A's new exhibit, "Rivers of Immigration" during a fun-filled afternoon on Tuesday, February 16 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Snow date is set for February 18.

A series of hands-on activities will introduce youngsters to people who left their homelands to settle in Lewiston-Auburn. Participants will investigate through games and inquiry WHY people came, WHERE they came from, WHAT work they did here, HOW life was different for them. There will be a special emphasis on the life of children. What was school like? What jobs did they have?

The colorfully illustrated book, Coming to America: The Story of Immigration by Betsy Maestro will highlight many of the challenges faced by immigrant families as they journeyed to, and settled in, their new country.

Young folks will play a new version of "Museum Bingo" to discover facts about the immigrants to this area, both old and new, and use a map to discover just how far families traveled. The afternoon will include a snack, games and a craft activity where children will decorate their own miniature "treasure/memory" trunk. Each participant will also leave with a booklet to record their own family tree, indicating where relatives were born.

Registration is $5.00 per child, ages 8-12. To register, please call the Museum at 207-333-3881 by Friday, February 12. Museum L-A is located at 35 Canal Street in the Bates Mill Complex - at the corner of Canal and Chestnut streets.