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Oct 13, 2017

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Maine Historical Society

Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101


$8, discounts for seniors and students, free to members and veterans



Creative Maine: Trade Banners and the Crafts That Built Maine

Creative Maine explores the creativity and ingenuity that created the Maine economy as we know it today through the historical parade banners of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association. In 1841, MCMA members paraded down Congress Street in Portland to demonstrate their skills and support for their individual trades, as well as for craftspeople struggling to earn a supporting wage in the changing economy. The exhibition shares the stories of past individuals who led the MCMA, who were skilled in their trades, and who created successful industries for Maine. Each exquisitely-preserved banner is on display alongside both a historical account of a craftsperson, and a contemporary example of that same trade as it exists today.