What’s Happening With the Mencken House?

Attend the Mencken Day 2016 Celebration to get the official word on what is going on with the Mencken House.

Mencken Day 2016 will be celebrated this year on Saturday, September 10, at France Hall of the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W Monument St.

The day’s events are:

10:00 AM: Doors open.

10:30 AM: The Mencken Society’s Annual Meeting—all are welcome. The main speaker will be Jeffrey Buchheit, Executive Director, Baltimore National Heritage Area, whose topic is “H. L. Mencken House: A Very Bright Future.”

2:00 PM: The 2016 Mencken Memorial Lecture: “Joint Transmission: The Friendship of H. L. Mencken and Blanche Knopf” presented by Laura Claridge.

We hope to see you there.

Baltimore City Unveils Plans For Mencken House

On March 2, 2016, at 6:00 PM in Zella’s Restaurant, 1145 Hollins St, Jeffrey P. Buchheit, Executive Director of the Baltimore Heritage Area Association, Inc. (BHAA), delivered a brief on the City of Baltimore’s plan for the Mencken House. The BHAA will be the manager of the House and will have its offices there.

A plan for the opening and re-use of the house has been presented to the Department of Planning and is currently under review by the City and other interested parties. Once the plan is approved a 10 year lease agreement will be entered into between the BHAA and the City and renovations, overseen by an advisory committee, will begin.

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.