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


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

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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.

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

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