Marion Rodgers: Mencken On The Red Scare

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)
Mitchell Courthouse
100 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD

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 jwbennett@barlib.org

Please consider making a voluntary contribution to the Bar Library’s Honorable Harry A. Cole Self-Help Center.

Let An Expert Show You The Mencken House

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).

2013 Mencken Graveside Memorial Service

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 2013 Mencken Graveside Memorial Service

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.

Jennifer Bodine signs “Bodine’s City” at Mencken House Booth

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.

Meet the Friends at the Baltimore Book Festival, September 28-30, 2012

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 FMH booth

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.

Friends celebrate Mencken’s birthday

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.

Mencken Day Weekend September 8-9, 2012

Celebrate Mencken Day September 8, 2012 at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The Mencken Society has its annual meeting at 10:15 AM with guest lecturer H George Hahn speaking on “The Campus Trials of Mencken’s Satire”. The Pratt’s Mencken Memorial lecture at 2:30 PM will be given by Dr Richard Schrader who will present “The Scopes Trial: How  the Letter Kills”.

In conjunction with the Mencken Day Celebration the Friends of the H L Mencken House will have the Mencken House open for Mr Mencken’s birthday on Sunday, September 9, from noon until 6PM. Come and enjoy cake, soft drinks and beer with us. Those who cannot attend the birthday party on Sunday but who would like to tour the house (sans treats) on Saturday, September 8, may make arrangements by emailing tours@menckenhouse.org.