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


Mechanics’ Hall is committed to the innovative vision of our founders, the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association: to make knowledge, ideas, and arts accessible. We engage our community through cultural events, educational programs, and affordable instruction. We are stewards of a landmark building that houses the 8th oldest membership library in the country and a grand ballroom. We continue to guide the historic preservation of the Hall as a place to gather, celebrate, and learn.

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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 elevates the wisdom and work of creators, building community through the diffusion of useful knowledge.

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