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Museum L-A resumes the popular "Voices" lecture series on March 24 with the documentary film Roughing the Uppers, The Great Shoe Strike of 1937 followed by remarks by noted Maine labor leader Ed Gorham. The program is being presented in conjunction with the museum's current special exhibit Portraits & Voices: Shoemaking Skills of Generations. There is no admission fee for this program, which begins at 7 p.m. in the museum's first floor gallery.

Produced in 1992 by the late Bates Professor Robert Branham, Roughing the Uppers documents the Lewiston-Auburn Shoe Strike of 1937 through interviews with local historians and residents who lived through the events.

Gorham is well known for his 40+ years of service to the labor movement in Maine, 35 of which was with the AFL-CIO. He began as the organization's Legislative Liaison, was elected Secretary-Treasurer in 1977 and the Maine AFL-CIO President in 1999. He retired in 2009. His work led to major legislation to benefit Maine workers.