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All of us at Mechanics’ Institute hope that you and your loved ones are doing well. This year has brought challenges to all of us, and the future can feel unpredictable. And yet we have confidence that the Mechanics’ Institute will emerge stronger and nimbler than ever to meet the demands of the 21st century, as a community, with your help.


This year, so many of you have supported MI. You’ve joined us in our celebration of the Centennial of U.S. Women’s Suffrage, a celebration of Toni Morrison and her legacy, and the Chess Blitz Tournament of the Americas, reaching members and guests from around the globe. The generosity of our trustees and other gifts have enabled us to exceed our National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant for the second year in a row, putting us in a solid position to raise the funds necessary to upgrade our physical building.


We all value the face-to-face interactions in our historic building with modern amenities – a place for writing, discussing ideas, watching films, playing chess, reading, and engaging with authors and thinkers. MI looks forward to the day when it is safe to meet in person again, and we are working on a reopening plan that prioritizes your health and safety. While our library is closed, MI has ensured you can access reading materials through our To Go program, as well as watch films and attend classes, lectures, and chess matches virtually. Many of these programs are reaching diverse new audiences, and we plan to continue virtual offerings even after we can reopen, to create opportunities for members and the public to attend either in-person and virtually. 


We need your help to continue this vital work in San Francisco and beyond. 


As you know, membership dues only cover a fraction of MI operations. If you are in a position to give a donation of any size, we would greatly appreciate your support now. Click here to donate to the Mechanics’ Institute. If you prefer to write a check, please make it payable to Mechanics’ Institute, and mail it to:


Mechanics’ Institute

57 Post Street

San Francisco, CA  94104


In times like these, we are reminded of our interconnection. With your help, we can ensure that we are able to provide the best possible experience and services until we are able to open safely again. Thank you for being part of our community. Your support means so much to us.

Posted on Nov. 10, 2020 by Heather Terrell