We would like to share with to everyone the hidden treasure of AARCH. AARCH’s Mission is to identify, collect, preserve, exhibit, and disseminate the history and culture of African Americans in Frederick County Maryland to provide an understanding of how the past shapes and enriches the future for all citizens. History and Vision in 2001, the Frederick Historic Sites Consortium of the Tourism Council of Frederick County announced an effort to preserve the local history and culture of African Americans. At that time, the Tourism Council received funding from Maryland’s Historical and Cultural Museum Assistance Program and from The Community Foundation of Frederick to produce a self-guided African American Heritage Walking Tour Guide of Frederick. The AARCH Society formed, thanks to the vision of the late William O. Lee, Jr. (1928-2004). Mr. Lee was a lifelong Fredericktonian who worked in Frederick County public schools for 29 years, first as a teacher and later as a principal; he also served as a Frederick City Alderman for 8 years and was active in numerous civic organizations. He envisioned a permanent organization focused on local African American life and history, and he sought to create and build a Heritage Center focused on the African American experience in Frederick County. AARCH grew from his aspirations. The AARCH Society is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization funded primarily by the donations of its members and loyal supporters from the community. Because we are a 501(c)3 organization, all donations to AARCH are tax deductible.
visit us at www.aarchsociety.org