Friends Exhibit at German Festival


From left: Phil Hildebrandt, Stacy Spaulding, and Richard Pickens.

Members of the board of the Friends of the H.L. Mencken House hoist steins in memory of the Sage of Baltimore. The Friends exhibit a large selection of Mencken’s books and pictures of his home at the annual German Festival, held July 28 and 29 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. H. L. Mencken’s paternal grandfather, Burkhardt Ludwig Mencken, emigrated to the United States in 1848. HLM’s father, August, born in Baltimore in 1854, married Anna Margaret Abhau, also a first generation American. Mencken had relatives in Oldenburg, Wiesbaden, Leipzig, Koblenz, Darmstadt, Frankfurt and Heidelberg.

Mr Mencken On His House

The charm of getting home, as I see it, is the charm of getting back to what is inextricably my own–to things familiar and long loved,to things that belong to me and none other. I have lived in one house in Baltimore for nearly forty-five years. It has changes in that time, as I have–but somehow it still remains the same. No conceivable decorator’s masterpiece could give me the same ease. It is as much a part of me as my two hands. If I had to leave it I’d be as certainly crippled as if I lost a leg. (“On Living In Baltimore”, Sun (E), 1925-02-16; also in James T. Farrell, Ed. Prejudices, A Selection (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), p. 206)