events — progress towards our goal

This page lists all milestones and events — both past and future — in reverse chronological order.

We have endeavored to learn from the experience of others groups who have restored similar buildings in Massachusetts. Click here to review our findings — descriptions and photographs.


October 21, 2015 Senior Lunch.
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September 26, 2015 Yard Sale.
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September 27, 2014 Yard Sale.
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September 28, 2013 Yard Sale.
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September 1, 2013 Visit to the Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main Street.
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May 31-June 2,
Bake sale and guided tours of Mechanics Hall in conjunction with Library's annual book sale event.
March, 2013 Researched and toured several New England examples of restoration and reuse.
  Slide show.
  March 3 trip to Shirley.
November 15, 2012 Celebrate Mechanics Hall, a very successful fundraising reception, was held at Sonoma Restaurant. Click to read a summary.
Novermber 8, 2012 On October 4 we were notified that Mechanics Hall has been recognized as one of Massachusetts' Most Endangered Historic Resources by Preservation Massachusetts. We received a plaque at the "Believe in Preservation" event held in Worcester on November 8.
October 6, 2012 The Friends had a table at HEY DAY at Wachusett Meadow. Thanks to all who stopped by.
September 29, 2012 With the overwhelming support of the community, the Friends participated in the Town-wide Yard Sale.
August 18, 2012 A small team of Friends did a cleanup and sweep of the 2nd floor. Note the photos to the right.
August 5, 2012 Visit and tour of the Orchard House, Concord, MA — the restored former home of Lousa May Alcott.
  Trip report.
July 29, 2012 Geoff Yaglou coordinated an electric inspection of Mechanics Hall. His report which includes upgrade recommendations is attached to the August 9 meeting summary.
July 18, 2012 With the help of Princeton Tree Services, we removed several trees that were encroaching on the building.
July 12, 2012 The Friends created several working committees and the active members agreed to participate. Click here to view the mission and membership of these committees.
June 15, 2012 The Friends formulated a mission statement and a set of specific goals for the next few years. Click here to review these goals.
June 5, 2012 We toured the Old Academy Building, New Salem, MA — a recently restored historic landmark.
   Trip report.
May 29, 2012 Michele Barker of Preservation MA visited and toured Mechanics Hall.
   Event summary.
   List of resources.
May 20, 2012 The Grounds Planning and Maintenance Subcommittee performed an inspection of the grounds of Mechanics Hall. Click here to view their report.
April 21, 2012 Several dozen Friends worked for several hours on April 21, 2012 on the grounds of Mechanics Hall. Event summary.
    Bushes were trimmed, saplings cut down, trash collected and the area raked. We discovered a walkway on the right side that had been covered with overgrowth. What a difference!
Thanks to Larry Pistrang for the delicious pizza lunch and Karen Rossow for the lemonade. Click to view photos.
March 22, 2012 We took our first step and met as a group to organize
the Friends of Mechanics Hall.