Oral History Projects at Museum L-A

Mark Silber, Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Science at USM's Lewiston-Auburn College, is working on an oral history photo-documentary project with Museum L-A. The project will have significant repercussions to the local community and the state of Maine, as it documents stories of mill workers and crafters in Lewiston-Auburn community and beyond. Both are a continuation of two exhibits at the museum under the Portraits & Voice umbrella. 

One is the ongoing interactive online exhibit Shoemaking Skills of Generations (; the second is an update on a previous exhibit – Workers of Seven Mills (  Silver has been involved in these projects for the past eight years.

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