Mencken Day 2017

Saturday, September 9 at 10:00am to 5:00pm

Maryland Historical Society, France Hall 201 W. Monument St., Baltimore MD 21201

Honoring the Memory, Career and Bequest of Henry Louis Mencken

The Mencken Room at the Central Library is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Exhibits at the Central Library:

"H. L. Mencken and the First World War: A Centennial Assessment;" "Mencken and the New York Evening Mail: A Centennial Celebration;" "Mencken's A Book of Prefaces: A Centennial Celebration"

At the Maryland Historical Society (France Hall):

10:30 a.m. - Mencken Society Annual Meeting -- "Mencken on Church and State" presented by George W. Liebmann

2 p.m. - The 2016 Mencken Memorial Lecture: "When America Was Great and Baltimore Knew Better" presented by Darryl G. Hart, author of Damning Words: The Life and Religious Times of H. L. Mencken. D. G. Hart teaches history at Hillsdale College and has written several books on the history of Christianity, including Calvinism: A History and From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin: Evangelicals and the Betrayal of American Conservatism. 

The Ivy Bookshop will have copies of Darryl Hart's book for sale at a book signing immediately following the program.



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  • Parking: Free on-site parking available. The lot entrance is off W. Monument Street. Enter the Maryland Historical Society via the two-story glass Beard Pavilion from the parking lot or Park Avenue. For information:

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