A Sage Collection

An Ohio man's four-decade pursuit of 6,000 items related to H.L. Mencken is now in the Peabody Library

August 29, 2007|By Rob Hiaasen | Rob Hiaasen,sun reporter

At a celebration of H.L. Mencken's life and works in 2003, a guest speaker from Ohio stood before a crowd of admirers of the "Sage of Baltimore" at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. George Thompson, an accountant and book collector, detailed 44 years of collecting books, letters, photographs, even T-shirts associated with Mencken, some 6,000 items in all.

"So, what is one to do with all this material?" Thompson asked those assembled for the Mencken Society program. "As of today, I plan to take them with me!"

Mencken Weekend During the annual Mencken Weekend, visitors are welcome to see the George H. Thompson Collection from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 15, at the Peabody Library, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place. For more information, call the library at 410-659-8179. Other information about Mencken Weekend is available at mencken.org.

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