Mencken Graveside Memorial 2016 (update)

A severe snowstorm is forecast for the upcoming weekend (01-22 to 01-24). The memorial service will be rescheduled if the predictions are correct. A go/no-go message will be posted Friday (01-22) afternoon. Please check here then.


The 11th Annual Service is scheduled to 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. Check this site for weather-related updates.

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 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. Check this site for weather-related updates.

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

Der Tag (aka Mencken Day), 2015-09-12

Mencken Day 2015 falls on September 12, the date of Mr Mencken’s birth and will celebrated, as usual, at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD.

Mr Mencken (Chuck Charlberg) will be there. The Pratt Library’s Mencken Memorial speaker (afternoon) will be David Thaler. The Society’s Darryl Hart will speak (morning) on “Respectfully Iconoclastic: H. L. Mencken’s Conflict with Christianity; or, What the New Atheists Could Learn from HLM”.

Out-of-town visitors may consider staying at The Hotel Indigo Baltimore–Mount Vernon (formerly the Mount Vernon Hotel) which is just around the corner from the Pratt Library.

Hotel Indigo Baltimore–Mount Vernon
24 W. Franklin St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Reservations: 1-877-834-3613

Enoch Pratt Library and Vicinity

Enoch Pratt Library and Vicinity

Talk: “Mencken the German American”

The Society for the History of the Germans in Maryland (SHGM) will have as guest speaker at their annual dinner meeting on September 29, 2015 the incomparable Marion Rodgers who will remark on “Mencken the German American: Outside, Looking In.”

Where: Zion Lutheran Church, Gay and Lexington Streets.

When: September 29, 2015 starting at 6:00 PM.

Cost: $40 including dinner. Please make your check out to the Society for the History of the Germans in Maryland (SHGM) and sent it to Dr. Randy Donaldson, Modern Languages and Literature, Loyola University of Maryland, 4501 North Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21210-2699.

PayPal accepted at Society for the History of the Germans In Maryland.

Questions: call 443-542-2263 or email Nicholas Fessenden.

2015 Mencken Graveside Memorial Service

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

Der Tag (Mencken Day) 2014

Mencken Day 2014 will be held September 13, 2014, at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD.

10:30 AM: Mencken Society Annual Meeting with guest speaker Marion Elizabeth Rodgers. Marion’s latest book is H. L. Mencken: The Days Trilogy, Expanded Edition (The Library of America, 2014).

2:00 PM: The 2014 Mencken Memorial Lecture: “H. L. Mencken: Racist or Civil Rights Champion?”, presented by Larry S. Gibson, professor of law at the University of Maryland School of Law. Mr Gibson is the author of Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice (Prometheus Books, 2012)

Reception and book signing immediately following in the Poe Room.

10AM—5:00PM: The Mencken Room is open to the public.

6:00PM—9:00PM: Saturday Night Club (for Mencken Society Members only), 10 West Hamilton St.

Ninth Annual Mencken Grave-site Memorial Service, 2014-01-26 (Sun)

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The 9th Annual Mencken Grave-site Memorial Service will be held Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Mencken family plot in Loudon Park Cemetery. Signs will point the way to the grave-site.

After the brief (less than 10 minutes) ceremony, attendees are invited to Spirits West Country Club, 2601 Wilkens Ave.

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. It does assume that the Frederick Ave entrance is open. 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.)

A video of the 2013 service is posted on Youtube.

Mencken's Grave-site

Map to Mencken’s Grave-site

Bodine’s Industry: The Dignity of Work

Seventy prints of images showing people at work taken by A. Aubrey Bodine, Mr Mencken’s professional colleague, will be on display at the Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI) from October 15, 2013 to February 6, 2014.

On November 7, 2013 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Jennifer Bodine, Aubrey Bodine’s daughter, will present a lecture and book signing of her latest book Bodine’s Industry: The Dignity of Work. Admission is $12 for members of the BMI, $15 for non-members.

The BMI at 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore, is open Tuesday–Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Note that the museum is closed Monday). Parking is free.

We leave Mr Mencken to have the last words on work:

“The most steadily attractive of all human qualities is competence. One invariably admires a man who is good at his trade, whatever it must be — who understands its technic thoroughly, and surmounts its difficulties with ease, and gets substantial rewards for his labors, and is envied by his rivals.” (HLM, Minority Report)

“The only sort of man who is really worth hell room [is] the man who practices some useful trade in a competent manner, makes a decent living at it, pays his own way, and asks only to be let alone.” (HLM, Minority Report)