The Museum L-A will celebrate all things shoes with its newest main gallery exhibit this fall at the museum in the Bates Mill Complex at 35 Canal St. in Lewiston. The history of local shoe making will be explored, marking the highlights of the industry over the past 150 years. Visitors also will be able to see the fashion and aesthetic trends of shoes over the years, according to a news release from the museum. Visitors also can learn about how shoes are made as well as the meanings behind the language of the shoe industry.

At the height of the industry, millions of shoes were made in Lewiston-Auburn, and the museum staff invites community members to donate shoes that are good representatives of the numerous shoe shops and factories that made them. In particular, shoes that have a direct connection to a factory or shoe shop in the area or have a personal significance attached to them are sought.

“Through these donations, we hope to bring a personal and local voice to the exhibit and celebrate not only the industry but the craftsmanship, beauty and aesthetics of the products locally produced,” said Emma Sieh, collections and exhibit coordinator, according to the release.

The museum will accept shoe donations and/or loans through Aug. 25. The museum staff plans to incorporate them into the design of the exhibit that will be on view through May 2019. To learn more, visit the museum between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday.

Those who cannot make it to the museum during those hours or have questions, contact Sieh at 333-3881 or [email protected].

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