Story of the MCMA

Strategic Plan

In March of 2014, the Board of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association agreed to create and solicit members for the Long Range Planning Committee. The Committee included the full eight person board plus eight community members. The purpose of the Committee was to:

  • learn about the MCMA, its history and current activities,
  • to take in all the information gathered by the interns and shared by members,
  • to bring to bear their own experience in the community, with nonprofit organizations, with preservation and history and
  • to suggest a mission, vision and goals for MCMA that would make the organization useful, active, sustainable and valuable to the community in the 21st century.

Implementation

The strategic plan was extended through a series of meetings undertaken by the enlarged board in early 2016 to determine goals for the organization and assign champions for each one. A report on the implementation of those goals is expected in early 2017.

MCMA Historic Timeline

MCMA Historic Timeline

1841
Jul 28

Silk banners

1841 Silk banners are created for a triennial festival, where “literary exercises have been enlived by music, toasts, and the pleasures of the table” and used for numerous July 4th celebrations.

1829
Jul 28

Temperance policy

1829 MCMA adopts a temperance policy under influence of member Neal Dow

1826
Jul 28

1st MCMA Exhibition

1826 1st MCMA Exhibition of objects by skilled tradesmen

1820
Jul 28

Maine becomes a state

1820 Maine becomes a state, lectures are held and MCMA library established for apprentices

1815
Jul 28

MCMA founded

1815 MCMA founded to aid recovery from harsh economic times