• A Charmed Love

The Baltimore of Sara Haardt and H.L. Mencken, 1923-1935

"My home is and always will be in Baltimore," wrote H.L. Mencken in 1922.

The following year he would meet Goucher College Professor of English Sara Haardt, and the two would fall in love and marry in Baltimore. They would spend 12 years together, in the city Mencken wrote had "superior charm," until Sara's untimely death in 1935.

Through the letters and correspondence of Sara and Henry, as Sara called him, the exhibit illuminates the relationship between these two writers and the Baltimore they loved. Then and now photographs record many of the Menckens’ favorite Baltimore places. To view ephemera from the exhibit, visit the Goucher College Digital Library.

Tour the Baltimore of H.L. and Sara Haardt Mencken on historypin

Tour Henry and Sara's Baltimore on Historypin

  • The Baltimore of H.L. and Sara Haardt Mencken Event

  • November 8, 2014
  • Goucher College Athenaeum

  • The Friends of the Goucher College Library sponsored a reception featuring German-inspired hors d'oeuvres, locally-brewed beer, and a program on the Baltimore of H.L. and Sara Haardt Mencken.

    Special guests included Marion Elizabeth Rodgers, Goucher class of '81 and author of Mencken and Sara and other books on H.L. Mencken, and Ed Worteck, Goucher College professor of art and art history and communication and media studies, who shared his Baltimore photographs. You can hear Marion's talk in the Goucher College Digital Library.

    Goucher College Digital Library

    Image by A. Aubrey Bodine, used with permission.