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

October 2017

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1
  • DOORYARD COLLECTIVE GROUP ART SHOW CLASSROOM
  • CLASSROOM RENTED
  • PORTLAND CITY CHURCH BALLROOM
2
  • CLASSROOM RENTED
  • ANNIE O'REGAN TRAVEL LECTURE, LIBRARY
3
  • DOORYARD COLLECTIVE GALLERY OPEN
  • First Tuesday Book Club - Library
  • MAINE KIDS CODE
4
  • BALLROOM RENTED
  • DOORYARD COLLECTIVE GALLERY OPEN
  • EVERYDAY DANCE CLASSROOM OR BALLROOM
5
  • DOORYARD COLLECTIVE GALLERY OPEN
  • MCMA board meeting
  • ACORN NAKED SHAKESPEARE
6
  • NAKED SHAKESPEARE, "SHAPE SHIFTERS" BALLROOM
  • DOORYARD COLLECTIVE GROUP ART SHOW
  • First Fri. Authors - Library
7
  • CLASSROOM RENTED
  • CLASSROOM RENTED
8
  • PORTLAND CITY CHURCH BALLROOM
  • BALLROOM RENTED
9
  • CLASSROOM RENTED
10
  • DOORYARD COLLECTIVE GALLERY OPEN
  • PUBLIC DISCUSSION ABOUT GEORGE ORWELLS "1984"
  • MAINE KIDS CODE
11
  • DOORYARD COLLECTIVE GALLERY OPEN
  • One Book, Many Conversations Reading-Library
  • EVERYDAY DANCE CLASSROOM OR BALLROOM
12
  • DOORYARD COLLECTIVE GALLERY OPEN
  • CLASSROOM RENTED
  • BALLROOM RENTED
13
  • BALLROOM RENTED
  • DOORYARD COLLECTIVE GROUP ART SHOW
  • Library is Open!!
14
  • CLASSROOM RENTED
  • CLASSROOM RENTED
  • Library is Open!!
15
  • PORTLAND CITY CHURCH BALLROOM
  • CLASSROOM RENTED
16
  • CLASSROOM RENTED
17
  • DOORYARD COLLECTIVE GALLERY OPEN
  • MAINE KIDS CODE
  • PORTLAND SWING PROJECT, BALLROOM
18
  • DOORYARD COLLECTIVE GALLERY OPEN
  • Maine Skeins Crafters Group - Library
  • SAHAYA YOGA MEDITATION
19
  • DOORYARD COLLECTIVE GALLERY OPEN
  • CLASSROOM RENTED
  • CLASSROOM RNTED
20
  • DOORYARD COLLECTIVE GROUP ART SHOW
  • Library is Open!!
21
  • BALLROOM, CLASSROOM BOARDROOM AND LIBRARY REN ED
  • CLASSROOM RENTED
  • BOARDROOM RENTED
22
  • CLASSROOM RENTED
  • PORTLAND CITY CHURCH BALLROOM
  • CLASSROOM RENTED
23
  • CLASSROOM RENTED
24
  • DOORYARD COLLECTIVE GALLERY OPEN
  • MAINE KIDS CODE
  • PORTLAND SWING PROJECT, BALLROOM
25
  • DOORYARD COLLECTIVE GALLERY OPEN
  • SAHAYA YOGA MEDITATION
  • EVERYDAY DANCE CLASSROOM OR BALLROOM
26
  • DOORYARD COLLECTIVE GALLERY OPEN
  • hall committee meeting
  • CLASSROOM RENTED
27
  • BALLROOM RENTED
  • DOORYARD COLLECTIVE GROUP ART SHOW
  • Library is Open!!
28
  • BALLROOM RENTED
  • CLASSROOM RENTED
  • CLASSROOM RENTED
29
  • PORTLAND CITY CHURCH BALLROOM
  • CLASSROOM RENTED
30
  • CLASSROOM RENTED
  • BALLROOM RENTED
31
  • MAINE KIDS CODE
  • PORTLAND SWING PROJECT, BALLROOM

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.