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LEWISTON - Ford W. Bell president and CEO of the American Association of Museums will be the keynote speaker at Museum L-A’s upcoming Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at the historic Bates Mill, the Museum’s current home. The evening will also feature awards presentations following a social hour beginning at 5:30 and dinner prepared by The Green Ladle.

“This is a real coup for us – to have our national organization’s president speaking at our event,” notes Museum L-A Executive Director Rachel Desgrosseilliers. “The general public as well as the people in the museum business will be very interested in what Mr. Bell has to say,” she continued. “He will talk about how museums can revitalize and re-energize a community – just as we are doing.” His presentation will complement the event’s 2012 theme: “Imagine the Possibilities.”

Museum L-A will present its annual awards to individuals and businesses who have contributed to the intellectual and cultural heritage of Lewiston-Auburn. The 2012 Inspiration and Innovation Award will be presented posthumously to Adrien Jalbert, a Lewiston native who with only a grade-school education, went on to invent and patent machinery for the shoe industry that is still in use today, showing our long history in creativity and innovation. The Heritage Award will honor Lufthansa Technik North America for its Lockheed “Super Star” reconstruction project under way at the Auburn-Lewiston Airport showing us as a place to create legacy. For their restoration of historic houses along Main Street in Auburn, The Revitalization Award will be presented to David Rogers and Peter Rubins, showing our dedication to preservation. The Museum will also recognize Rinck Advertising of Auburn with its 2012 Business Support Award, honoring our people’s spirit of generosity toward building community.

Individual tickets may be purchased in advance as well as sponsored tables of eight. For more information on the evening’s events and to purchase tickets, visit the Museum’s web site at or call 207-333-3881.