Secrets are Revealed at the National Cryptologic Museum

By: Ann Powell

Enigma…Sigsaly…Cryptanalytic Bombe…If you recognize these terms, then you’ve probably read lots of spy novel—or you’re employed in our nation’s defense. Either way, you can actually see these historic code-making and code-breaking devices at the National Cryptologic Museum. This absolutely fascinating museum is located adjacent to the National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, right here […]

August 07, 2017


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

By: Kat Spitzer

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

By: Kat Spitzer

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

By: Kat Spitzer

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

By: Kat Spitzer

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

By: Kat Spitzer

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

By: Kat Spitzer

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

By: Kat Spitzer

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


Banneker-Douglass Museum: Rich in African-American History

By: SymmetryAgency

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