About the Author

Kat Spitzer is the author of The Happy Hypochondriac and The Happy Hypochondriac Survives World Travel. She also writes the Happy Hypochondriac humor blog at www.happyhypochondriac.com. She is a columnist and freelancer for various newspapers and magazines, and is currently working on her third book. Kat is also the owner and instructor of Miss Dawson’s School for Well-Mannered Individuals, an etiquette program in Annapolis (www.MissDawsons.com). She graduated from Vanderbilt University and Vermont Law School, and lives in Annapolis with her husband and two children.



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Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration

Born into slavery in Talbot County, MD sometime during 1818, Frederick Douglass grew to be an author, abolitionist, social reformer, and the first African American to hold a high U.S. government rank. His achievements still resound today throughout Maryland and the the country today. During the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration (a state-wide, yearlong event), celebrate […]

February 12, 2018

Take a Walk through the Naval Academy Museum’s Gallery of Ships

For many first time visitors to Annapolis, and even for some locals in the area, the United States Naval Academy can seem like a bit of a mystery. Many don’t know that the USNA grounds – known as the “Yard” – are open to the public, free of charge, all year-round (with valid ID). Once […]

May 12, 2017

The Banneker-Douglass Museum

Seeking a bit of African-American History the next time you’re in historic Annapolis? Look no further than the Banneker-Douglass Museum (84 Franklin St., Annapolis, MD 21401), Maryland’s official museum of African American heritage. Named after Marylanders Benjamin Banneker and Frederick Douglass, the Banneker-Douglass Museum highlights the innovations, resilience, and achievements of African-American Marylanders. Among other notable Maryland […]

April 12, 2017

Visit the Ruth Starr Rose Exhibit at the Mitchell Gallery

If you love art and Maryland history, there’s no better exhibit to visit this winter than what’s going on at the Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College from January 11th through February 26th. Ruth Starr Rose: Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World is the first comprehensive exhibition of paintings and […]

January 27, 2017

A Trip to the Maryland State House

You may know a few historic facts about the Maryland State House: It’s the oldest state house in continuous use; the only state house with its original, wooden dome; once stood as the U.S. Capitol Building; and was the signing place of the Treaty of Paris in 1783. What you may not know is that […]

November 09, 2016

Historic London Town and Gardens

Historic London Town and Gardens is one of the crown jewels of Four Rivers Heritage Area, and Annapolis as a whole. Situated on 23 acres of land against the South River in Edgewater,  London Town is steeped in history. An active archaeological site on location offers a glimpse into the lives of London Town’s early […]

September 23, 2016

Take a Tour of the Annapolis Maritime Museum

Each month our local history blogger, Kat Spitzer, takes readers on a trip to an exhibit in Anne Arundel County. This month, Kat visited the Annapolis Maritime Museum, where she walks us through Annapolis’s rich maritime heritage, the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay, and the Bay’s all-important oyster and its harvesters.   The Annapolis Maritime Museum […]

August 23, 2016

Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake Bay

Each month our local history blogger, Kat Spitzer, takes readers on a trip to an exhibit in Anne Arundel County. This month, Kat visited the Historic Annapolis Museum, where she walks us through their on-going exhibit “Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake Bay.” Join Kat on a tour as she highlights the stories of nine […]

July 27, 2016

Celebrate Black History Month in Heritage-Rich Annapolis

February is Black History Month, the perfect time to enjoy a day trip or weekend getaway to scenic Annapolis, an area rich in African American history. The weather might be cold, but that does nothing to diminish the excitement of a town full of statues, museums, historic buildings and engaging personalities that honor the rich African American cultural heritage of our city and nation.

April 14, 2016