Today’s mechanics are Maine tradespeople, innovators, inventors, designers and artisans that together form a highly creative, ingenious, skilled, and entrepreneurial community.


The creative community is thriving in Maine. It’s hungry for a place to gather, to meet like-minded people, in order to exchange ideas and useful knowledge. Today’s Mechanics’ Hall aims to fill that need as it has done in the past by providing social support and a place for knowledge sharing, particularly from the older generation to the younger generation. Its goal is to serve its membership with mentors, education and knowledge resources such as lectures and workshops, physical resources, advocacy, and networking opportunities.

This tradition of support is not new to Mechanics’ Hall whose founders were the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association. Started in 1815 as a social organization that promoted and supported the skilled trades and their practitioners, MCMA’s original members were master craftspeople and entrepreneurs (then called mechanics) and their apprentices.

Community Partners


Mechanics’ Hall inspires and enriches the community by promoting ingenuity, creativity, innovation, and the diffusion of useful knowledge.

Watch programming videos through our member page on Portland Media Center’s website.



Mechanics’ Hall combines successful traditions with new ideas to build a vibrant community of users, members, organizations with common interests, and the general public.

Our Strategic Plan


Mechanics often become involved with the Hall by serving on a committee. Engaging with our community allows members to help plan events and guide the trajectory of our organization.


Development committee is responsible for fundraising for our programming and Hall restoration projects. Contact annieleahy@mainemechanics.org to get involved.

Hall (Building)

The Building Committee oversees the maintenance of Mechanics’ Hall and its various rental policies. Contact teb@mainemechanics.org to get involved.


The Marketing Committee publicizes upcoming events and produces a biannual newsletter. Contact
kgreenstreet@mainemechanics.org to get involved.


Programming is responsible for programs at Mechanics’ Hall including Makers at the Hall and other lecture series. Contact kgreenstreet@mainemechanics.org to get involved.


Finance creates the annual budget, monitors the endowment and manages fundraising. Contact info@mainemechanics.org to get involved.


Library manages the library’s space and collection. Contact library@mainemechanics.org to get involved.

Our Staff

Sarah Morrill photo

Annie Leahy

  Executive Director: Email

Tom Blackburn

  Superintendent of the Hall: Email

 Pat Larrabee

  Librarian: Email

Karolyn Greenstreet

  Communications Coordinator: Email

Our Board Members

Paul Stevens, President

Sam Mateosian, Vice President

John Lefebvre, Treasurer

Donna Knoblock, Secretary

George Burns

Steve Ferguson

Pamela Hawkes

Jamie Johnston

Kristopher Kleva

Chandra Leister

John Napolitano

Nancy Noble

Ken Pierce

Pam Plumb

Richard Spencer

Our Advisory Board

Jonathan Cooper

Mark Ferguson

Steve Halpert

Sara Hines

Don Lindgren

Hazel Onzrud

Jake Ryan

Earle Shettleworth

Sam Walker

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