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Smithsonian exhibit at Museum L-A through May 18

LEWISTON -  “The Way We Worked” traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian will be moving on to its next venue soon, with its showing at Museum L-A ending on May 18. Adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives, The Way We Worked explores the significance of work in American culture by tracing the many changes that have affected the workforce and work environments throughout history.

It draws from the Archives' rich photographic collections to tell this compelling story with graphics, audio components, photo flipbooks, film and numerous artifacts on the history of our national workforce. To connect the local scene with this national exhibit, Museum L-A showcases how music has been an important local industry with segments on Ed Boucher and EAB recording studio, musician Ray Pinette, musician and music teacher Carroll Poulin, and local Musicians Union #409. Androscoggin Bank, radio station WCOU, St. Mary’s Health System, and the Sun-Journal are also featured.

Community members are sharing how they and their families work with photographs and stories contributed for display. “The Way We Worked” tour is made possible by Historic New England.  “The Way We Worked at Museum L-A is funded by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council and by the generosity of many supporters, including: Procter & Gamble, Center Street Dental and Gleason Media Services. The next exhibit in the Power of Music series opens on Saturday, June 15 with “The Roaring 20s to Swing.” Museum L-A is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 35 Canal Street, Lewiston. For more information contact the Museum at 207-333-3881 or