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LEWISTON - In celebration of annual National Museum Day, scheduled this year for Saturday, September 24, Museum L-A along with hundreds of other museums across the nation is offering free admission. Through a nationwide partnership with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D. C., and hundreds of museums across the nation, Museum Day offers the opportunity to explore an unfamiliar museum and to uncover its unseen treasures. Or, you can tour a familiar museum to review a favorite collection, all at no cost. In order to gain admission, go to the Museum Day website at microsite.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ and print off the special ticket pass, which is good for free admission to one museum for the ticket holder and one guest. There is a limit of one ticket per household.

"Museum Day throws open the doors to culture and history and shouts, 'Welcome, come on in,'" said Rachel Desgrosseilliers, Museum L-A's Executive Director. "Museum L-A is pleased to be part of an event that makes our common heritage accessible to more people."

Museum L-A's current special exhibit "Portraits & Voices: Shoemaking Skills of Generations" focuses on the expertise and craftsmanship of the shoe industry through oral histories, documentary photographs, videos, and images from archival collections and from shoeworkers and their families. Additional exhibits focus on the lives and the work of local people in the textile and brick-making industries. Machinery, including a Jacquard loom, represents the process of textile production.