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Banneker-Douglass Museum: Rich in African-American History

I can’t stop thinking about the Banneker-Douglass Museum. I visited on a picture perfect day—think bright sun, cloudless, no humidity. As usual, Annapolis offered plenty to gawk at outside—from the usual people watching to a photo shoot on Main Street. But, my mind keeps returning to the inside of that building.

April 23, 2016

1747 Pub at Reynolds Tavern Scores for Food and History

Visitors seeking a historic setting for great burgers and beers should know about an obscure little pub in the cellar of the Reynolds Tavern on Church Circle. Look for a modest sign that practically whispers 1747 Pub on the side of the building, climb down stairs dating back to its original 1737 construction, and prepare to be amazed.

April 18, 2016

Happy Hauntings in Annapolis

Even though I know it’ll scare me, one of my favorite things to do on a brisk October evening is to be part of a haunted, candle-lit ghost tour through Annapolis. I’ve never been disappointed by the well-versed guides leading our small group through the historic downtown district directly into Annapolis’s dark, troubled history.

October 30, 2015

The Annapolis Collection Gallery Weaves Together Art and History

It’s impossible to be anywhere in downtown Annapolis and not feel the history of the town – from colonial times to the more recent history of the 20th century. And there’s nothing more exciting than bringing history to life through art. There are some masterful examples around town. One downtown gallery in particular invites you to step back in time and converse with people of the past – from the very famous to local residents who might otherwise be forgotten.

May 21, 2015

The Naval Academy’s Hidden Treasure

About a year ago I had an unexpected opportunity to visit the Naval Academy Museum. I say “unexpected” because I didn’t even know there was a museum at the Naval Academy. I had a vague memory of visiting the crypt of John Paul Jones when I was in high school, but back then I was more interested in admiring the plebes than I was in history. I’ve been to the Academy a few times since then, but never heard about the museum until I was invited on a group tour.

May 12, 2015

Meet the Locals: Senator John C. Astle

When the Maryland General Assembly convenes on January 14, 2015 for its 435th session, Senator John C. Astle (Democrat, District 30, Anne Arundel County) will be present, as he has been for the past 32 years. Mere weeks before Astle was scheduled to walk through the doors of the Maryland State House for his 33rd […]

April 27, 2015

Meet the Locals: Mary Ann Jung

Where do you find work if you’re a self-described “ham” and an expert on Shakespearean language who can handily teach a cast of 50 professional actors how to make sixteenth-century English history come alive? At the Maryland Renaissance Festival, of course. The job was a perfect fit for Mary Ann Jung 36 years ago, when […]

April 26, 2015

Meet the Local: Miriam Stanicic

For Miriam Stanicic, it’s always been about community. Growing up as she did in the dense, lively and diverse community of New York City, she explains, you couldn’t help but be close to your neighbors, and to know which of those could use a helping hand. Unbeknownst to her at the time, that awareness was good training for […]

April 23, 2015

Meet the Locals: Sam Collins

Sam Collins, a senior at St. John’s College, is looking forward to graduation and post-collegiate life. But first, there’s an important game to be played and a legacy to leave behind. For St. John’s croquet team, Sam is the Imperial Wicket (comparable to a team captain) and is preparing in earnest for the biggest competition […]

April 20, 2015

Meet the Locals: David Bildebrand

In the 1980’s, when the couple began playing music together in casual Annapolis bars and pubs, their repertoire consisted mainly of classic pop music—old Beatles tunes and such. At the time, Hildebrand never suspected he’d become an expert in music of the American Colonial era. But that’s precisely what has happened. His knowledge of colonial-era […]

April 19, 2015