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Maine Charitable Mechanics Association
he Maine Charitable Mechanic Association was founded in 1815 as a craftsman’s guild to teach and promote excellence among Portland’s various mechanical and artistic trades. Today, the Association has about 300 members who have the use of the historic library on Congress Street and may attend events including readings by local and national authors and travel lectures presented by producers of films from around the world
Member Highlight MCMA Makers At The Hall - David Wolfe
David Wolfe of Wolfe Editions talks about the history of letterpress printing and his experiences of 40 years in the printing business
MCMA Makers At The Hall - Pandora LaCasse
Sculptor Pandora LaCasse talks about her iconic holiday lighting at this Maine Charitable Mechanic Association Makers At The Hall lecture
MCMA Earle Shettleworth Lecture on Thomas Sparrow
Maine Historian Earle Shettleworth talks about the work of Portland architect Thomas Sparrow at this Maine Charitable Mechanic Association lecture.
Makers At The Hall - Bennett Steele
Landscaper and furniture maker Bennett Steele talks about his craft at the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association "Makers At The Hall" discussion
Building Trades Appreciation
The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association appreciation event for the Maine State Building and Construction Trades Council for the work they have done on Mechanic's Hall
Makers At The Hall: Pickwick Press
Pilar Nidal of Pickwick Independent Press at the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association "Makers At The Hall" series
Learn about the history of axe making in Maine - and the efforts to bring it back - in this Maine Charitable Mechanic Association "Makers In The Hall" lecture.
Makers Series: Neon Dave Interview
David Johansen (AKA "Neon Dave") talks about his art and his craft in a Maine Charitable Mechanic Makers In The Hall interview
Ocean Navigator Collection
The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association announces their new Ocean Navigator Collection. These 1,500 volumes cover all aspects of the sea and sailing and are now available to members of the public and MCMA Members
Docent Mary Foley talks about former Maine Charitable Mechanic Association members who are buried at Portland's Evergreen Cemetery
2016 Labor Day Banner Parade
Artist Ellen Babcock has created new banners honoring workers and their trades. These banners pay homage to historical banners that were paraded along Congress Street by members of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association in the past. The organization paraded the new banners on Labor Day 2016 in the hopes of reviving the tradition of honoring workers.
Makers At The Hall: Doug Green
Doug Green of Green Design Furniture talks about his career in industrial design at the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association "Makers at the Hall" series
Makers In The Hall: Kate Anker
Kate Anker, owner of Running With Scissors, talks about the challenges and rewards of running her art studio collective in Portland's Bayside neighborhood. The talk is part of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association "Makers In The Hall" series.
Black Point Mercantile
The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association's Maker Series presents Skylar Kelly and his team from Black Point Mercantile who talk about the challenges and rewards of starting their business which has revived production of the classic floorcloth