All Are Invited To
The Friends of the H. L. Mencken House
Sunday, June 30, 2013
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
1524 Hollins St, Baltimore, MD
With a Special Appearance by
Mr Alan Reese as
Light refreshments will be served. Beer and wine will be available.
Marion Elizabeth Rodgers will give a talk on Mencken’s writings about “The Red Scare.”
Where: Room 618 (Main Reading Room of the Bar Library)
100 North Calvert Street
When: April 30, 2013 (Tue), 5:00 p.m
Wine & cheese reception immediately following.
The event is free but R.S.V.P. to 410-727-0280 or reply by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please consider making a voluntary contribution to the Bar Library’s Honorable Harry A. Cole Self-Help Center.
Tour the Mencken House on Saturday, April 20, 2013 with Marion Elizabeth Rodgers as part of Johns Hopkins’ Odyssey Program. The course fee is $30 for either the morning or afternoon tour. There is a $3 entrance donation at the door to benefit the Friends of the H. L. Mencken House.
Section 01 (morning): 10 a.m.-noon
Section 02 (afternoon): 1-3 p.m.
Marion Rodgers edited H. L. Mencken: Prejudices: The Complete Series (2010) for the Library of America. Her other books on H. L. Mencken are Mencken: The American Iconoclast (2007), The Impossible H L. Mencken (1991), and Mencken and Sara: A Life in Letters (1987).
More details about the tour are at Odyssey’s website (scroll down).
Over twenty people attended the Eighth Mencken Memorial Grave Side Service conducted by Oleg Panczenko. It was a bright, sunny day and the temperature was in the mid-to high thirties. The days before had been cold, with temperatures in the twenties, and there was a worry that few people would want to come on a cold day. There were small patches of snow here and there but the ground was mostly clear.
Mr Panczenko briefly spoke on “Do We Still Value Liberty?” “That Americans complacently endure insults and indignities when they travel by air speaks louder than words.” He also noted that ”Americans today are less aware of the ongoing diminishment of their liberties even though the means of dispersing news are far superior now to the newspapers, radio and newsreels of Mencken’s time.” The full text of his remarks can be read here.
After the brief ceremony a dozen people retired to Spirits West Country Club, 2601 Wilkens Ave. for beer, food, and good conversation. [OP]
Photographs by Stacy Spaulding.
The eighth Mencken Graveside Memorial Service will again be conducted by Oleg Panczenko at Mr Mencken’s grave at Loudon Park.
When: Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Where: Mencken Family Gravesite, Loudon Park Cemetery, 3620 Wilkens Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21229
Mr Mencken’s grave is in Lot W 224 North Half, Space 4, N 39° 16.693′ W 76° 40.683′ (39.278217°, -76.678050°). Directional signs will be posted.
Click here for a map.
After the brief memorial service attendees are invited to the Spirits West Country Club, 2601 Wilkens Avenue (cor Millington Ave), Baltimore, MD 21223, not far from St Benedict’s Church.
The Friends of the Mencken House welcomed the Union Square Cookie Tour on Sunday, Dec. 9. Many thanks both to those who attended and special thanks those who helped decorate the house for the holidays.
Jennifer Bodine signed copies of "Bodine's City" at the Baltimore Book Festival Sept. 28.
Jennifer Bodine holds up a copy of "Bodine's City."
Jennifer Bodine shows off two pictures her father, A. Aubrey Bodine, took of her.
Jennifer Bodine as a little girl in a photo taken by her father, A. Aubrey Bodine.
Jennifer Bodine displays her favorite picture, "The Lamplighter," which appears on underneath a photo of H.L. Mencken.
Jennifer Bodine signs a copy of "Bodine's City."
Jennifer Bodine's signature inside a copy of "Bodine's City."
Jennifer Bodine answers questions about the work of her father, A. Aubrey Bodine.
Jennifer Bodine talks with a Baltimore native who grew up in the same neighborhood she did.
Jennifer Bodine and Gregg Wilhelm, executive director of the CityLit Project.
Board members of the Friends of the Mencken House Sarah Littlepage and Richard Pickens with Jennifer Bodine and a likeness of H.L. Mencken.
Many thanks to Jennifer Bodine for signing copies of her book Bodine’s City: the Photography of A. Aubrey Bodine at the Friends’ booth on Friday (09-28). The Friends will again be at their booth at the Baltimore Book Festival Saturday (09-29) and Sunday (09-30) so you still have an opportunity to stop by to say “hello” and learn more about the House and what is happening with it.
The Friends of the H. L. Mencken House will have a booth at the Baltimore Book Festival held Friday to Sunday, September 28-30.
On Friday (09-28), Jennifer Bodine, daughter of Baltimore Sunpapers photographer and Mencken collegaue A. Aubrey Bodine, will be signing copies of Bodine’s City, her latest book, a selection of her father’s photographs of Baltimore. (View samples of A. Aubrey Bodine’s photographs of H. L. Mencken and the Mencken House at aaubreybodine.com’s Mencken page).
Location of the Friends’ booth
Our booth (number 22 on the map) is on the west side of the Washington Monument.
We hope you will visit us!
When: September 28-30, 2012
Hours: Fri & Sat: noon-8pm, Sun: noon-7pm
Where: Mount Vernon Place and North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD.
More information: main page, schedule and map.
Thank you to all the guests who attended H.L. Mencken’s birthday party last Sunday, and to the volunteers and board members who made the event possible. Special thanks to Sarah Littlepage for the refreshments and Justus Heger for the use of his camera. Photos by Stacy Spaulding.
The Friends invite you to a party celebrating the 132nd anniversary of the birth of H.L. Mencken. The Friends will celebrate with an open house at 1524 Hollins St. from noon until 6 p.m. Cakes, treats, refreshments, soda, water and beer ($3) will be available. Anyone signing up for a Friends of the Mencken House membership ($40) will receive a copy of The Ombibulous Mr. Mencken by Bud Johns.