H.L. Mencken House

H.L. Mencken House The H.L. Mencken House is managed by The Society to Preserve H.L. Mencken's Legacy. Currently the house is available by appointment only. [email protected].
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For more than seventy years a row house in Baltimore, on Hollins Street, was the residence of Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956), one of the most influential American writers of the 20th century. The Society for the Preservation of H. L. Mencken's Legacy is now poised to showcase this historic site to the public. After a 10 month, $1.5 million dollar renovation the group is now working on regular business hours and special events to celebrate this famous Baltimore writer and journalist.

For more than seventy years a row house in Baltimore, on Hollins Street, was the residence of Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956), one of the most influential American writers of the 20th century. The Society for the Preservation of H. L. Mencken's Legacy is now poised to showcase this historic site to the public. After a 10 month, $1.5 million dollar renovation the group is now working on regular business hours and special events to celebrate this famous Baltimore writer and journalist.

Operating as usual

Happy Mother's Day Anna Abhau Mencken!The stupendous debt that Mencken said he owed to Anna, and which he promised to ex...
05/09/2021

Happy Mother's Day Anna Abhau Mencken!

The stupendous debt that Mencken said he owed to Anna, and which he promised to express at a later date, was neither written in 1935 nor in the many years that followed. What was the most painful to Mencken, and therefore the most private, was often passed over in silence. In truth, the gratitude this son felt for his mother had already been expressed a quarter of a century earlier, in the pages of an unfinished manuscript, written during the years of his troubled adolescence: "Often I do remember her sitting, at twilight, at the large window of her room which opened toward the town, with an old leather volume lying on her lap."

"Sometimes I bounded into the room to pour into her ear the story of my boyish troubles, she would bid me sit at her feet, and as I rested my head beside the book, she would read to me some story....The tale and her manner of telling it were often time so romantic that I would sit spellbound until rudely awakened by the loud Sunday supper bell...

I have more than thought of those glorious evenings...and whatever I may have done in this life that deserved to be called good or noble, whether it were a great action or small, found its inspiration, I know, in my mother's angelic example and influence. That I have not been a greater credit is my fault , and mine alone."

Excerpt: The Impossible H. L. Mencken by Marion Elizabeth Rodgers.

Happy Mother's Day Anna Abhau Mencken!

The stupendous debt that Mencken said he owed to Anna, and which he promised to express at a later date, was neither written in 1935 nor in the many years that followed. What was the most painful to Mencken, and therefore the most private, was often passed over in silence. In truth, the gratitude this son felt for his mother had already been expressed a quarter of a century earlier, in the pages of an unfinished manuscript, written during the years of his troubled adolescence: "Often I do remember her sitting, at twilight, at the large window of her room which opened toward the town, with an old leather volume lying on her lap."

"Sometimes I bounded into the room to pour into her ear the story of my boyish troubles, she would bid me sit at her feet, and as I rested my head beside the book, she would read to me some story....The tale and her manner of telling it were often time so romantic that I would sit spellbound until rudely awakened by the loud Sunday supper bell...

I have more than thought of those glorious evenings...and whatever I may have done in this life that deserved to be called good or noble, whether it were a great action or small, found its inspiration, I know, in my mother's angelic example and influence. That I have not been a greater credit is my fault , and mine alone."

Excerpt: The Impossible H. L. Mencken by Marion Elizabeth Rodgers.

05/08/2021
Today, Saturday,  at 1 pm! LIVE from the H.L. Mencken House a Mother's Day post!
05/08/2021

Today, Saturday, at 1 pm! LIVE from the H.L. Mencken House a Mother's Day post!

Today, Saturday, at 1 pm! LIVE from the H.L. Mencken House a Mother's Day post!

05/02/2021

A scene from Mencken's Garden

We gave a tour to a delightful couple this morning! We received a message from a  retired professor from Middlebury Coll...
05/01/2021

We gave a tour to a delightful couple this morning! We received a message from a retired professor from Middlebury College in Vermont who used to be associated with the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference for some 40 years.

He shared with us as a young man working in NYC book publishing world in the early-mid 1970s, he worked at Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. for some three years. His father had introduced him to HLM's writings, so he made sure he had all Mencken's books by the time he left. His desk was just outside Knopf's office and he recalls many lively conversations with Alfred Knopf, and being the rare 20-something who knew more than a bit about the 1920s-40s history and culture you could say his conversations and the very air he breathed had echoes of HLM, Willa Cather, Wallace Stevens, and all the other Borzoi luminaries. He remembered seeing gifts from Mencken in Knopf's office. Another person he came to know was Alistair Cooke , who of course had edited "The Portable Mencken."

You can understand why this gentlemen was excited to see the H.L. Mencken House and why we were happy to fulfill his wish!

The H.L. Mencken House is open at this time by appointment only. Please contact us at [email protected].

We look forward to meeting you!

COMING  SOON!!Our  new website for the H.L. Mencken House! It feels like it's been years in the making but watch for it!
04/30/2021

COMING SOON!!

Our new website for the H.L. Mencken House!

It feels like it's been years in the making but watch for it!

COMING SOON!!

Our new website for the H.L. Mencken House!

It feels like it's been years in the making but watch for it!

Mencken’s garden is a respite from the outside noise and clutter!  Each day more and more flowers bloom with their sweet...
04/30/2021

Mencken’s garden is a respite from the outside noise and clutter! Each day more and more flowers bloom with their sweet scent permeating the air!

You can’t see them but there were over a hundred bumblebees swirling around the wisteria branches! An amazing site!

A wonderful photograph of Henry at the piano with the stack of elephants and the wall fixture on the wall!We are indeed ...
04/29/2021

A wonderful photograph of Henry at the piano with the stack of elephants and the wall fixture on the wall!

We are indeed happy to have so many images of the rooms and indeed are so fortunate to have many of his items that are seen in the photographs.

Hanging additional photographs of Henry in his home! Blue tape and high tech lasers were used to properly hang them.
04/29/2021

Hanging additional photographs of Henry in his home! Blue tape and high tech lasers were used to properly hang them.

More images of the Mencken House garden! Looking better and  better each passing day!
04/22/2021

More images of the Mencken House garden! Looking better and better each passing day!

For your enjoyment.
04/21/2021

For your enjoyment.

For your enjoyment.

The heraldic shield of the Saturday Night Club, designed and presented to the membership by Erich Ludwig, Baron Von Tinz...
04/19/2021

The heraldic shield of the Saturday Night Club, designed and presented to the membership by Erich Ludwig, Baron Von Tinzman, a frequent guest of the club.

Divided by link sausages, the sections feature a boiled lobster, a pretzel and radishes, a foaming stein of beer, and a violin with measures from Beethoven's Eroica Symphony.

The heraldic shield of the Saturday Night Club, designed and presented to the membership by Erich Ludwig, Baron Von Tinzman, a frequent guest of the club.

Divided by link sausages, the sections feature a boiled lobster, a pretzel and radishes, a foaming stein of beer, and a violin with measures from Beethoven's Eroica Symphony.

The grave of Tessie...
04/18/2021

The grave of Tessie...

The grave of Tessie...

Spring has arrived at Mencken House garden! Plants are beginning to sprout!  Visiting the house currently is by appointm...
04/17/2021

Spring has arrived at Mencken House garden! Plants are beginning to sprout! Visiting the house currently is by appointment only following covid guidelines.

The Mencken piano! You’ll see it when visiting the site.
04/07/2021

The Mencken piano! You’ll see it when visiting the site.

The Mencken piano! You’ll see it when visiting the site.

Mencken’s beloved garden late this evening.
04/07/2021

Mencken’s beloved garden late this evening.

Mencken’s cushion and couch in his second floor study.
04/04/2021

Mencken’s cushion and couch in his second floor study.

Mencken’s cushion and couch in his second floor study.

A Sunday afternoon at the H. L. Mencken House. Everything you see in this image belonged to Mencken.
03/14/2021

A Sunday afternoon at the H. L. Mencken House. Everything you see in this image belonged to Mencken.

A Sunday afternoon at the H. L. Mencken House. Everything you see in this image belonged to Mencken.

August 25, 1914. A rare letter signed by Mencken donated today!
03/11/2021

August 25, 1914. A rare letter signed by Mencken donated today!

Birthplace of H. L. Mencken. 814 West Lexington Street. No longer standing. Just around the corner from the Poe House.
03/09/2021

Birthplace of H. L. Mencken. 814 West Lexington Street. No longer standing. Just around the corner from the Poe House.

Birthplace of H. L. Mencken. 814 West Lexington Street. No longer standing. Just around the corner from the Poe House.

Mencken’s own pocket dictionary !
03/02/2021

Mencken’s own pocket dictionary !

Rare Volume 1, Number 1, January 1924 Edition of The American Mercury! The very first one!
02/28/2021

Rare Volume 1, Number 1, January 1924 Edition of The American Mercury! The very first one!

Rare Volume 1, Number 1, January 1924 Edition of The American Mercury! The very first one!

A young and handsome Henry Mencken! September 12, 1898 on Henry's 18th Birthday.
02/26/2021

A young and handsome Henry Mencken! September 12, 1898 on Henry's 18th Birthday.

A young and handsome Henry Mencken! September 12, 1898 on Henry's 18th Birthday.

We had several requests for a photo of the cupcakes and the smearcase  cheesecake. Here you are!
02/15/2021

We had several requests for a photo of the cupcakes and the smearcase cheesecake. Here you are!

We had several requests for a photo of the cupcakes and the smearcase cheesecake. Here you are!

02/14/2021

Live at the Mencken House. Valentine's Day Edition- Mencken & Sara: A Life in Letters

Today at 2 pm! The premier of the newest Mencken Minute: MENCKEN AND SARA A Life in Letters! Preceded by a Live introduc...
02/14/2021

Today at 2 pm! The premier of the newest Mencken Minute: MENCKEN AND SARA A Life in Letters!

Preceded by a Live introduction by Jeff Jerome and Sherri Weaver, members of the Society to Preserve H. L. Mencken’s Legacy!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today at 2 pm! The premier of the newest Mencken Minute: MENCKEN AND SARA A Life in Letters!

Preceded by a Live introduction by Jeff Jerome and Sherri Weaver, members of the Society to Preserve H. L. Mencken’s Legacy!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Clothing belonging to Henry Mencken.
02/10/2021

Clothing belonging to Henry Mencken.

Just in time for Valentine's Day!  This Sunday, February 14th, Valentine's Day, at 2:00 pm,  the premiere of the latest ...
02/06/2021

Just in time for Valentine's Day!

This Sunday, February 14th, Valentine's Day, at 2:00 pm, the premiere of the latest Mencken Minute!

The video is based on Mencken and Sara: A Life in Letters: The Private Correspondence of H.L. Mencken and Sara Haardt (McGraw-Hill Companies, 1987) by Marion Elizabeth Rogers.

The few select people that previewed it say it's the best one so far!

The video will be preceded by a LIVE introduction which will enhance your viewing of the Mencken Minute.

We hope you can join us for this Mencken Minute premiere!

Just in time for Valentine's Day!

This Sunday, February 14th, Valentine's Day, at 2:00 pm, the premiere of the latest Mencken Minute!

The video is based on Mencken and Sara: A Life in Letters: The Private Correspondence of H.L. Mencken and Sara Haardt (McGraw-Hill Companies, 1987) by Marion Elizabeth Rogers.

The few select people that previewed it say it's the best one so far!

The video will be preceded by a LIVE introduction which will enhance your viewing of the Mencken Minute.

We hope you can join us for this Mencken Minute premiere!

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01/31/2021

If you check "LIKE" this page you'll receive notifications when there is a new post or special event.

If you check "LIKE" this page you'll receive notifications when there is a new post or special event.

Various scenes at the Mencken family burial plot.
01/31/2021

Various scenes at the Mencken family burial plot.

Greetings Mencken Fans Around the World! I'm excited to announce that the Mencken House will hold an event commemorating...
01/06/2021

Greetings Mencken Fans Around the World!

I'm excited to announce that the Mencken House will hold an event commemorating the anniversary of Henry's death on this date January 29, 1956.

Last year's anniversary event was an overwhelming success but due to Covid restrictions we are not having a public event this time.

However, we came up with a unique event that no other historic house museum has done or attempted to do!

You will be able to participate in this memorial tribute!

We are finalizing the event details and will post a Facebook event page by the end of this week.

I can tell you it will be held on Friday, January 29th. Time to be announced but the event will not be held during the day! Hmm...

2021 will be an exciting year for the Mencken House despite Covid!

Thank you for your support and continued interest in this historic house and the Mencken legacy!

Please remember to Like our postings!

Jeff Jerome
Special Event and Social Media Coordinator

Middle room on the first floor. Notice Henry in the mirror. The room looks a bit too clean doesn't it?
12/31/2020

Middle room on the first floor. Notice Henry in the mirror. The room looks a bit too clean doesn't it?

H.L. Mencken House's cover photo
12/29/2020

H.L. Mencken House's cover photo

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27 APRIL 1820: HERBERT SPENCER BORN IN DERBY, ENGLAND; HE ORIGINATED THE EXPRESSION, "SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST" H. L. Mencken would later say that "the ideal government of all reflective men, from Aristotle to Herbert Spencer, is one which lets the individual alone - one which barely escapes being no government at all." A liberal in the classical sense, Spencer underwrote the value of freedom. Also, he was an evolutionist, even before Darwin's breakthrough biological research. Spencer even used evolution in an attempt to synthesize philosophy and science into a unified system. It was he who invented the expression, "survival of the fittest" - although without intending it to justify needless brutality. Broadly influential in the late 19th century, Spencer died in 1903.
Haven't read this yet, but it's next on my list.
I know why I like Mencken so much. It's because he's like Poe! Several decades apart... however, if they ever could have met... I'm sure it would've been a battle of heavy criticism and sharp wit. Happy early birthday, HL! Journalism at a time when it was its finest.