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LEWISTON - Museum L-A's role as a "museum without walls" reached to Canada recently when Concordia University of Montreal hosted the popular exhibit "Weaving A World: Millworkers of Lewiston, 1920-2008." The exhibit was part of Concordia's "Current Issues in Museums, Heritage, and Public Cultural Work" lecture series where former Bates College professor David Scobey spoke about his partnership with Museum L-A in the creation of "Weaving A World." Scobey was formerly the Director of the Bates College Harward Center for Community Partnerships and is currently executive dean of the New School for General Studies in New York.

The exhibit's Montreal installation, sponsored by the school's Centre for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition, was the first of several expected stops. "Our millworkers'story is going places," said Rachel Desgrosseiliers. "We've had inquiries from several New England venues. It's wonderful to see such interest in this exhibit."

Over the course of three years, Museum L-A staff along with Bates professors and students worked with retired weavers, the children of weavers, community historians to conduct oral-history interviews, find photographs, collect artifacts, investigate archives, and recover the story of the millworkers' world. "Weaving A World," with its thematic panels of text and photographs, touches on war and strikes, technology and business. But mainly it recounts the lives of the people who worked in the mills, their families, and the community they made. The exhibit traces the millworkers' world from the hard times of the Great Depression through prosperity and upward mobility after World War II to the mill closures. It is a story of survivance - resilience and tenacity in the face of momentous change.