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“What Shall I Wear to Work Today?” at Museum L-A


In this photograph from “The Way We Worked,” Navy Lt. Cmdr. Dorothy Ryan checks a patient’s medical chart aboard the hospital ship USS Repose, off South Vietnam in April, 1966.

In conjunction with its new exhibit, “The Way We Worked,” Museum L-A will present a special children’s vacation program on Wednesday, February 20 from 10:30 a.m. to noon called “What Shall I Wear to Work Today?”

Open to children ages 7 to 11, the program will provide participants with an opportunity to tour the exhibit, investigate uniforms and work clothes from occupations in the Lewiston-Auburn region, and consider the question: “Why do people wear special clothes to work?” They will also design a uniform for a job they might envision for themselves in the future. The cost is $8 per child; pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Joan Beal at 333-3881 or

Adapted from an original exhibit developed by the National Archives, “The Way We Worked” explores how work became a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years. 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 this traveling national exhibit to the local scene, Museum L-A is currently featuring the role of music as a local industry and how dress, tools and technology associated with work have changed over time in Lewiston-Auburn. Located at 35 Canal Street in the Bates Mill complex, Museum L-A is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and students. For more information, see





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