In 1815, the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association formed to support Maine’s creative community: they were blacksmiths, coopers, artists, innovators and creators. Between 1857 and 1859, they built Mechanics’ Hall in Portland – a communal gathering space with a lending library at its center.
Today, Mechanics’ Hall celebrates that rich history through literary arts programs, music, performance and more while working to restore our landmark building as a vibrant cultural resource.
Mechanics’ Hall is a qualified 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. Donations are tax-deductible within the limits of current federal and Maine state law. For more information, please consult with your tax advisor. We accept gifts via this online platform, by check or stock donation.
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We thank you for your support!
“Mechanics’ Hall is emerging as one of the very best venues in the state for community events that celebrate creativity and innovation. Full of warmth, history, and the thrill of possibility, it is something to be treasured and supported.”
-Lily King, author
Mechanics’ Hall is one of Portland’s cultural treasures, and we are committed to ensuring that it remains open to the public.
Please help us provide our community access to our library & reading room, inspiring programming, elevated discourse, and more with a gift today.
Our programs and the restoration of our historic building depend upon your generosity.
“I feel incredibly lucky to dance at Mechanics’ Hall, a place that has held swing music between its walls for a century and to share it with such a sweet community of people.”
-Gillian Davis, The Portland Swing Project