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 and examples from some of the most innovative businesses in Maine today. In 1841, MCMA members marched through the streets of downtown 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. Creative Maine shares the stories of past individuals who led the MCMA, who were skilled in their crafts, and who created successful industries for Maine. Each MCMA trade banner—exquisitely preserved and ready for display—is shown in the exhibition alongside the story of a craftsperson in that specific trade. Also displayed are modern-day examples of those same trades.