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LEWISTON - On Wednesday, June 13 and Thursday, June 14 Museum L-A will offer “Heritage of Work” activity programs for children ages 5-12. Participants will learn about the textile and shoe industries in Lewiston and Auburn and engage in hands-on activities that complement topics covered. Programs run from 3:30-5 p.m. each day and will be led by Museum Educators Joan Beal and Diane Williams.

On June 13, the Museum will present: “All About Cotton” for ages 5-7: Learn about cotton – how and where it is produced and about the lives of the workers who made cotton products here in Lewiston. “Weave and Spin” for ages 8-12: Experiment with weaving and spinning with table looms and drop spindles, see the machines which later did this work, and hear about the lives of the workers who changed the production of textiles.

On June 14, programs include: “Elves and Shoemakers, Old and New” for ages 5-7: Hear stories, songs, and rhymes about shoes, see how shoes are made, and do a simple craft project. “Miles in our Shoes” for ages 8-12: Learn about the history of shoemaking in our community, hear about workers’ lives then create a hand-sewn leather product.

The cost of both programs is $8 per day or $15 for two days. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, email Joan Beal at or call the Museum at 207-333-3881.