MCMA Mission

Today’s mechanics are the members of the current “makers” movement. They are the innovators, inventors, and artisans that make up the community of the creative, the ingenious, the skilled, and the entrepreneurial.

Community

The creative maker community is thriving in Maine, and it is hungry for a place to gather, to meet like-minded people, and to exchange ideas and useful knowledge. Today’s MCMA aims to fill that need as it has done in the past and provide 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 MCMA. The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association was founded in 1815 as a social organization that promoted and supported the skilled trades and their practitioners. Its original members were master craftspeople and entrepreneurs (then called mechanics) and their apprentices.

Community Partners

Mission

The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association strives to inspire and enrich the community by promoting ingenuity, creativity, innovation, and the diffusion of useful knowledge.

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Vision

MCMA will combine successful traditions with new ideas to build a vibrant community of users, members, organizations with common interests, and the general public.

Our Strategic Plan

Committees

Mechanics often become involved with MCMA by serving on a committee. Engaging with a committee allows members to host events, and guide the trajectory of our organization.

Membership

Membership committee is responsible for recruiting and membership benefits for Mechanics’ Hall. Contact info@mainemechanics.org to get involved.

Mechanics’ Hall

Hall oversees the maintenance of Mechanics’ Hall and its rentals. Contact info@mainemechanics.org to get involved.

Public Relations

Public Relations publicizes upcoming events and produces a biannual newsletter. Contact
info@mainemechanics.org to get involved.

Programming

Programming is responsible for programs at Mechanics’ Hall including maker and travel lecture series. Contact info@mainemechanics.org to get involved.

Finance

Finance creates the annual budget, monitors the endowment and manages fundraising. Contact info@mainemechanics.org to get involved.

Library

Library manages the library’s space and collection. Contact info@mainemechanics.org to get involved.

Our Staff

Thomas Blackburn

Superintendent of the Hall

Pat Larrabee

Librarian

Our Board Members

Tom Blackburn

George Burns

Jonathan Cooper

Steve Halpert

Jamie Johnston

Donna Knoblock, Secretary

John Lefebvre, Treasurer

Sam Mateosian

John Napolitano

Ken Pierce

Pam Plumb, President 

Jake Ryan

Richard Spencer

Sam Walker

Our Advisory Board

John Coleman

Sara Hines

Hazel Onzrud

Earle Shettleworth