H.L. Mencken's House

There will be two investigations.  One from 6 to 9 and the other from 9 to 12.  Please, make sure you don't sign up for both or I will have to remove you from one.  You must be an investigator and have your dues paid up to date to go on any investigations.

 Henry Louis Mencken [masked]) was born into a German-American family in Baltimore, Maryland. He was the eldest son of August Mencken, a successful businessman who owned a tobacco business, and in whose footsteps the young boy was expected to follow. When he was not roaming the alleys and vacant lots of West Baltimore, he spent most of his time reading. When he was 8 years old he discovered Mark Twain that would have a profound influence on his life. About the same time his father bought him a small printing press, which helped form his interest in printing and newspapers. He attended the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, where was valedictorian of the class of 1896. When he graduated, he wanted to become a newspaper reporter, but his father insisted that he go to college or work at the cigar factory, so Mencken chose the factory. When his father died of a stroke two years later, the 18-year old Mencken haunted the Baltimore Morning Herald city room every day until the editor gave him a job. He was the youngest reporter on the paper. Looking back on those days at the turn of the century, he later wrote: “I believe that a young journalist, turned loose in large city, had more fun than any other man.”

His ascent was extraordinary. In less than two years he became the paper’s drama critic; in three years he was its city editor, and the year after that became its managing editor. After the Herald closed down, Mencken joined the Baltimore Sunpapers. By 1910, he was publishing a regular column., The Free Lance, in which he took on everything and everyone. Mencken left the Sunpapers when the United States entered World War I and would not return until 1920. He remained with the Sunpapers, on and off, until a dehabilitating stroke in 1948 left him unable to read or write. His elebrated Monday column far theEvening Sun covered subjects as varied as politics, the literary scene and music, but it was to Baltimore that he gave his major attention. Anyone who reads his work will get an idea as why Mencken is better identified in the public mind with his native city than any other writer of the 20th Century.

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  • Anthony B H.

    I had a nice time and it was good seeing everyone. H L Mencken House is a very interesting place. :-)

    March 31, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I just replied to you lol

      March 31, 2014

  • Margaret

    Nice place, wish we would have known how many were going to show up as we could have done a longer investigation and combined the two group.

    March 30, 2014

  • Renee C.

    Interesting man...H L Mencken...liked looking at the pics of him and the house as it was...

    March 30, 2014

  • Cheryl L.

    It was interesting. I enjoyed viewing the home. Once we started our investigation, I could smell cigar smoke on a few occasions.

    March 29, 2014

  • Craig A.

    For me it was a good experience. It confirmed things what I felt and heard while there.

    March 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone else here yet?

    March 29, 2014

    • Cheryl L.

      If you're able to go in, please do.

      March 29, 2014

    • Cheryl L.

      Otherwise stay in your car and we'll be there soon.

      March 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think I'm at Mencken house now

    March 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is my very first investigation, so I don't know the routine yet. What time should I be at menckens house?

    1 · March 29, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Okay that works, I just wanted to make sure what time :-)

      March 29, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm so excited I couldn't sleep last nightb lol

      1 · March 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thought is be able to pay for it by now but unfortunately I had to spend my spending Money on cough medicines and Tylenol and soup for my two sick kids lol. So I'm not gonna be able to attend this investigation.

    March 23, 2014

  • Janet M.

    Rebel, I'm glad you were able to sign up. I really like Mencken, so I'm doubly disappointed. Let me know how it goes. :-)

    March 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you again and of course I will!

      March 5, 2014

  • Janet M.

    Hi Rebel. This is Janet I am signed up for this investigation, but I just found put my in-laws are going to be visiting and I can't go - drat! So I am going to change my RSVP and you can sign up if you wish. Enjoy!

    March 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm on the waiting list but thank you Janet!

      March 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh! It DID let me sign up! Janet you're my HERO! :) THANK YOU! I'm SO excited!

      1 · March 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so jealous! I wanna go to this SOOO BAD! Lol

    March 5, 2014

  • Mai N.

    Can You Do THE Later ONE SO Everyone Can come. Like me.♡♥

    March 4, 2014

    • Margaret

      You are on the later one.

      March 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Margaret, can I pay you cash for this investigation the night of or do you need me to pay with my pay pal before hand?

    March 4, 2014

    • Margaret

      Sorry it must be paid before hand.

      1 · March 4, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Okay not a problem, thanks Margaret! I'll take care of it asap.

      March 4, 2014

  • Patricia B.

    I haven't been able to find anything online regarding anything paranormal at the Mencken House. Does anyone know the "haunted" history of the place?

    November 17, 2013

    • Margaret

      There has only been one other group in here that I know of and they did get a few things. Maybe Anthony can tell us as he has been there.

      November 17, 2013

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  • Craig A.
    Sr. Lead Investigator, Assistant Organizer
    Event Host
  • Anthony B H.
    Investigator
  • Renee C.
    Investigator/Historian
  • Patricia B.
    Investigator
  • Cheryl L.
    Treasurer/Investigator, Assistant Organizer
  • A former member
  • A former member

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