Keywords: Mechanics' Hall
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1909–1911 Location: Portland Client: City of Portland Architect: John Calvin Stevens and John Howard Stevens Architects
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1996–1997 Location: Petersburgh Client: Bob Morgan Architect: Carol A. Wilson; Carol Wilson | Tom Hall Architects
The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, an organization formed to promote and support skilled craftsmen, celebrated civic pride and members' trades with a parade through Portland on Oct. 8, 1841 at which they displayed 17 painted linen banners with graphic and textual representations of the artisans' skills.
These stories -- that stretch from 1999 back to 1759 -- take you from an amusement park to the halls of Congress. There are inventors, artists, showmen, a railway agent, a man whose civic endeavors helped shape Portland, a man devoted to the pursuit of peace and one known for his military exploits, Maine's first novelist, a woman who recorded everyday life in detail, and an Indian who survived a British attack.
Adorning oneself to look one's "best" has varied over time, gender, economic class, and by event. Adornments suggest one's sense of identity and one's intent to stand out or fit in.
It was almost entirely handwork, with hardly any mechanical assist. This was not a process people went to school to learn about or read a book on how…
Biddeford and Maine Franco-American Hall of Fame Award recipient
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center
With options to be a college French professor, became a lawyer, mayor, DA & District Court Judge