Category: News

  • Calvin K. Kobsa, 1927-2014

    Society member Calvin Kern Kobsa died at the age of eighty-six at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson on May 10, 2014. Calvin, the son of Charles J. Kobsa, a piano maker and tuner, and Marie Kern Kobsa, was born in Baltimore July 31, 1927. He was graduated from Polytechnic Institute and earned a bachelor’s degree […]

  • A Mencken Cornucopia

    The Enoch Pratt Free Library continues to post pictorial treasures from its Mencken holdings on the Web and we encourage society members to take advantage of this cornucopia. Begin your explorations at the H. L. Mencken Room webpage.

  • Update: Mencken Oktoberfest at the Goethe Institut Is Now Free

    The lecture and showing of Inherit the Wind at the Goethe-Institut are now free of charge but there will be no buffet and no Oktoberfest beer. Lunch may be had at any of the nearby restaurants. We hope to see you on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 10:30 am. The registration deadline has been extended […]

  • Mencken Day 2013

    Mencken Day 2013 will be held on September 7, 2013 at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD. Schedule 10:30 a.m. — Mencken Society annual meeting 1:30 p.m. — The 2013 Mencken Memorial Lecture — “An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted and the Miracle Drug Cocaine” by Dr. Howard Markel. […]

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  • Mr Mencken on CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley

    Mr Mencken was used to introduce the final segment of the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley for 2013-08-05. The story was about Carol Ott of Baltimore who shames owners of run-down property in the city by posting their names and photographs of their falling-down buildings on her website The introductory part of the […]

  • Charles Fecher to be Honored 2012-10-20

    “The Baltimore City Historical Society is honoring the late Charles Fecher at its annual  Mayor’s Reception on October 20, 2012 at Mount Calvary Church, 816 N. Eutaw Street [cor Madison Ave.], from 12 to 2:30 p.m., tickets are $20.00 and may be purchased at the door. Fecher was a distinguished Mencken scholar and editor of the Mencken diaries. For […]

  • Updates to Richard Schrader’s H. L. Mencken: A Descriptive Bibliography

    Dr Schrader maintains a list of Additions And Corrections To H. L. Mencken: A Descriptive Bibliography. The latest revision will always be found at: The latest revision as of the date of this posting is dated April, 2011.

  • H L Mencken Stamp

    This stamp is not official US Postal issue, but it ought to be. Produced by Society member Otto David Sherman, these stamps won’t pay for your mail to be delivered, but they will allow you to declare to the world your Menckenophilia. We can’t claim that these stamps will appreciate in value as have the “Inverted Jenny” or […]

  • Mencken Society T-Shirts

    The Mencken Society is happy to offer its members official Mencken Society T-shirts. These shirts will be for sale at the Mencken Day Celebration, September 8, 2012, at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The front of the shirt shows the Society’s logo and the back a quote particularly apt during Presidential Campaign season: “No one […]