Welcome to MCMA

In 1815, the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association was the fellowship for Portland’s creative community: the blacksmiths, coopers, carpenters, and more.  Today we’re working to connect that history to the modern makers movement.  Our mission is to inspire and enrich the community by promoting ingenuity, creativity, innovation and the diffusion of useful knowledge.

We are the modern mechanics.

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Upcoming Events

March 2017

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
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  • LIBRARY OPEN
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  • LIBRARY OPEN
  • MCMA board meeting
  • ACORN CLASSROOM
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  • ACORN NAKED SHAKESPEARE, BALLROOM
  • PORTLAND MAGAZINE
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  • ACORN NAKED SHAKESPEARE, BALLROOM
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  • SUNDAY MORNING YOGA
  • PORTLAND CITY CHURCH BALLROOM
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  • SEA SCOUTS BOARDROOM
  • ACORN, CLASSROOM
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  • BAXTER ACADEMY BOARDROOM
  • LIBRARY OPEN
  • Book Club in Library
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  • LIBRARY OPEN
  • HARLAN BAKER, CLASSROOM
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  • LIBRARY OPEN
  • MAINE WEDDING VENUE COOPERATIVE BOARD
  • MSBCTC, CLASSROOM
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  • SOUND & FURY THEATER REHEARSAL, CLASSROOM
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  • SUNDAY MORNING YOGA
  • PORTLAND CITY CHURCH BALLROOM
  • ACORN BOARDROOM
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  • ACORN, CLASSROOM
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  • LIBRARY OPEN
  • PORTLAND SWING PROJECT
  • CIVIC HACK NIGHT, LIBRARY
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  • LIBRARY OPEN
  • PROGRAMMING BOARDROOM
  • CRIT NIGHT WITH SAM WALKER
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  • Maine State Building and Construction Trade Council BR
  • LIBRARY OPEN
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  • ACORN CLASSROOM
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  • SUNDAY MORNING YOGA
  • PORTLAND CITY CHURCH BALLROOM
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  • ACORN BOARDOOM
  • ACORN CLASSROOM
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  • LIBRARY OPEN
  • PORTLAND SWING PROJECT
  • ACORN CLASSROOM
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  • LIBRARY OPEN
  • ACORN BOARDROOM
  • ACORN BOARDROOM
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  • BAXTER ACADEMY BOARDROOM
  • LIBRARY OPEN
  • hall committee meeting
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  • CLASSROOM RENTED
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  • CLASSROOM RENTED
  • CLASSROOM RENTED
  • MAINE PLAYRIGHT FESTIVAL PLAY READINGS, BALLROOM
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  • SUNDAY MORNING YOGA
  • BOARDROOM RENTED
  • PORTLAND CITY CHURCH BALLROOM
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  • CLASSROOM RENTED
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  • LIBRARY OPEN
  • PORTLAND SWING PROJECT
  • CLASSROOM RENTED
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  • LIBRARY OPEN
  • Maker at the hall classroom
  • BOARDROOM RENTED
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  • BALLROOM RENTED
  • LIBRARY OPEN
  • ACORN CLASSROOM
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  • FUNDRAISER, BALLROOM

Latest News

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Since the beginning, MCMA has been the premier club of master craftspeople, entrepreneurs and their apprentices. Our members include Maine’s do-it-yourselfers, community leaders, the ingenious, and the industrious. Together, for over two centuries, we remain committed to supporting the practice of craft and the acquisition of knowledge.

519 Congress Street is Mechanics’ Hall. Built in 1859, it houses a grand ballroom, our members library, and a historic classroom.  Gallery space, commercial space, and meeting areas are available for member activities, ongoing rentals, and special occasions.

MCMA was an integral part of Maine’s story. Started in 1815 as a guild to teach and promote excellence among Portland’s various mechanical and artistic trades, the founders recognized that together their blended efforts could make a difference in their community, and, in their words, “warm the heart and reanimate the smile.” Carpenters, glass workers, sailmakers and other craftspeople, exhibited at the associations’ various fairs, held lectures, participated in parades with trade banners, and socialized at the hall.

The MCMA library remains the oldest non-academic working library in our state, founded in the same year as Maine. Begun as library for apprentices and tradesmen, and still housed in the historic Mechanic’s Hall, its modern goals, collection, and acquisition policy are currently under review to fit the needs of the twenty-first century mechanic.  The library is a wonderful, peaceful, oasis in the heart of the city, where one can come to find (or lose themselves in) a great book.