Dear Mechanics’ Hall members and friends,
This week marks a momentous occasion in our history: the 200th anniversary of our historic library. In the spring of 1820 the local Mechanics Association "confident that the citizens of this town would lend generous support to a plan, whose practical results are so obvious and undisputed” made their announcement and a week later received its first book donation.
While our commemorative plans will have to wait until we can all gather again, we ask that you help us honor this occasion by renewing or becoming a member today. Here's how:
- If you are currently a member please renew your membership today.
- If you are able, please consider increasing your level of membership.
- If you are not a member yet, please join our 200 for 2020 effort: To honor our library's 200th year we are inviting 200 new members to become a part of our community. As a thank you, we will send you a set of note cards with images of the works of late artist Naomi Bradford, generously donated by her husband, Mechanics' Hall member, Gregg Harper.
Membership supports the ongoing maintenance and restoration of our landmark building and at this time will help us remain financially stable while we weather the loss of income due to our extended closure. When we open again, members will have access to our library (and 18 other membership libraries across the country!) as well as free and discounted access to our programs. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Please also note the following important updates:
- Annual meeting: The April 9th annual meeting has been postponed until further notice.
- The Mechanics’ Hall Relief Fund: The current COVID-19 crisis has compelled us to revive our “Committee on Relief,” originally a vital part of our organization's mission. In 1866, we were the recipients of a generous donation by Mrs. Henry Boody, the interest of which was to be used “to relieve sick and distressed members.” In the coming weeks, you will hear more from us about these efforts as we assemble our committee and request information about how members’ work and life have been impacted by this pandemic so that we can access and disperse these funds.
Thank you again for your support. We miss seeing you and look forward to the day when we can gather again and celebrate our beautiful library together. Be well and stay healthy and safe.
Announcement for the establishment of our library from the Gazette on April 11th, 1820
Note cards with works by late artist Naomi Bradford donated by her husband Gregg Harper.