Mencken Graveside Memorial Service 2016

The 11th Annual Service will be held Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Mencken Family Grave site, Loudon Park Cemetery, 3620 Wilkens
Avenue, Baltimore. Signs will point the way to the grave-site. After the brief memorial service attendees are invited, as usual, to the Spirits West Country Club, 2601 Wilkens Avenue.

Loudon Park Cemetery: enter at 3620 Wilkens Ave, Baltimore, MD 21229. Note: the Frederick Ave entrance is closed. Enter through the Wilkens Ave entrance.

Location of grave: N 39° 16.693′ W 76° 40.683′ (39.278217°, -76.678050°)

For GPS users: Google maps recognizes geographic coordinates and knows the cemetery’s roads. Note that the Frederick Ave entrance is closed. Split your trip into two parts: leg 1 will be from your origin to 3620 Wilkens Ave, Baltimore, MD; leg 2 will be 3620 Wilkens Ave, Baltimore, MD to 39.278217°, -76.678050°.

Spirits West Country Club: 2601 Wilkens Ave (Cor. Millington Ave), Baltimore, MD 21223. (Make a left turn from Loudon Park onto Wilkens Ave. and drive 1.6 miles. Spirits West will be on your right at the end of Baltimores’s longest block of row houses and across the way from St Benedict’s Church.)

Mencken's Grave-site

Map to Mencken’s Grave-site

Mencken Graveside Memorial Service 2015

The 10th Annual Service will be held Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Mencken Family Grave site, Loudon Park Cemetery, 3620 Wilkens
Avenue, Baltimore. Signs will point the way to the grave-site. After the brief memorial service attendees are invited, as usual, to the Spirits West Country Club, 2601 Wilkens Avenue.

Loudon Park Cemetery: enter at 3620 Wilkens Ave, Baltimore, MD 21229. Note: the Frederick Ave entrance is closed. Enter through the Wilkens Ave entrance.

Location of grave: N 39° 16.693′ W 76° 40.683′ (39.278217°, -76.678050°)

For GPS users: Google maps recognizes geographic coordinates and knows the cemetery’s roads. Note that the Frederick Ave entrance is closed. Split your trip into two parts: leg 1 will be from your origin to 3620 Wilkens Ave, Baltimore, MD; leg 2 will be 3620 Wilkens Ave, Baltimore, MD to 39.278217°, -76.678050°.

Spirits West Country Club: 2601 Wilkens Ave (Cor. Millington Ave), Baltimore, MD 21223. (Make a left turn from Loudon Park onto Wilkens Ave. and drive 1.6 miles. Spirits West will be on your right at the end of Baltimores’s longest block of row houses and across the way from St Benedict’s Church.)

Mencken's Grave-site

Map to Mencken’s Grave-site

Jennifer Bodine on The Dignity of Work

The heyday of industrial Baltimore was captured by A. Aubrey Bodine, Mr Mencken’s associate, in his photographs for the Sunday Sun Magazine. The best of these photographs, showing men and women at work, have been selected by Jennifer Bodine, his daughter, and are reproduced in Bodine’s Industry: The Dignity of Work. Mr Mencken considered the competent man, whatever his trade, to be “the only sort of man who is really worth hell room ”.

Jennifer was interviewed on WYPR’s (88.1 FM) weekly radio magazine The Signal and the interview may be heard here.

Listen to the interview and get the book to see what Baltimore was like before America’s migration to an increasingly service economy.

Cocktails and Curmudgeons

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“A man who has taken aboard two or three cocktails … is immensely more competent to entertain a dinner party, or to admire a pretty girl, or to hear Bach’s B minor mass.”—H. L. Mencken (1924)

Join us at the H. L. Mencken House for an evening of

Cocktails and Curmudgeons
1524 Hollins St, Baltimore
Friday, September 12, 7-10 pm

Tickets: $50 per person, $40 for Friends of the H. L. Mencken House.
Each ticket includes two cocktails made by W. C. Harlans and light fare.
Tickets are advance purchase only at cocktails-and-curmudgeons.eventbrite.com

Chuck Chalberg as H. L. Mencken

Chuck Chalberg as H. L. Mencken

H L Mencken will be there courtesy of Dr John “Chuck” Chalberg.

Mr Mencken’s last post-mortem visit to Baltimore was on Mencken Day Day 2009.

Proceeds will benefit the efforts to save the Mencken House.

Calvin Kern Kobsa, 1927-2014

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July 31, 1927 – May 10, 2014

Calvin Kern Kobsa (1927-2014)

Calvin Kern Kobsa (1927-2014)

Calvin Kobsa, an architect for whom historic preservation was both a vocation and an avocation, involved himself from early on with The Friends of the H. L. Mencken House. In his career he saved some of the best of the City’s architectural fabric. Because of his work, another generation can have a link with the past, a link they can see and touch and use.

An old-school architect, he produced, by hand, a set of still-valuable architectural plans with detailed annotations directing how the house should be renovated. His experience in the architectural specialty of historic restoration and his historical sense of Baltimore will be missed.

Those wishing to make a gift in his memory may send a donation to The Society to Preserve H.L. Mencken’s Legacy, 1524 Hollins Street, Baltimore, MD, 21223-2418.