Rose Chaney and Protean Gibril of AARCH Society with Virginia Sperry at her solo exhibition,“Missing Pieces”  at the NOMA Gallery, 437 N. Market St., Frederick
AARCH Home “Missing Pieces” solo exhibition by Virginia Sperry
“Remnants,” is made of welded masonry nails that hang below a weathered piece of wood with the date 1619 stamped on one end and 1865 on the other, serving as an abstract timeline for slavery in America while showing the heaviness and weight of its effects on our country.

Rose Dorsey Chaney, Community Volunteers Recognized With Wertheimer Fellow Awards

By Gina Gallucci-White | Photography by Turner Photography Studio | Posted on 10.01.21 – Lifestyles https://www.fredmag.com/giving-back/
Ms. Rose Chaney
Rose Dorsey Chaney believes her passion for volunteerism came from watching her father be active in the community as well as her spirituality and religious beliefs.
Rose Dorsey Chaney believes her passion for volunteerism came from watching her father be active in the community as well as her spirituality and religious beliefs.  “We are here to help,” she says. “We are here to do something. We are all here for a reason and the reason includes helping others and doing for others.” A retired art teacher for Frederick County Public Schools, she serves on several nonprofit boards, including the African American Resources Culture and Heritage (AARCH) Society, I Believe in Me and Asbury Redevelopment Trust. She is a member of the Frederick chapter of the Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Frederick County Equity and Inclusion Team and Frederick Art Club. She is also the co-chair of the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs’ Christmas adoption program. She serves as administrator at Asbury United Methodist Church, where she has been a lifetime member. Becoming a charter member of AARCH 20 years ago, Chaney has stayed deeply involved with the organization because of the nonprofit’s mission and goals to identify, preserve and exhibit the county’s African American history, culture and heritage while educating and deepening the understanding of residents. The late William O. Lee, local politician and historian, was a family friend of Chaney’s and founded the nonprofit. He, along with the group’s late president David Key, envisioned the nonprofit creating a Heritage Center with a focus as a community gathering spot for discussions, multidisciplinary programs and exhibitions. The center, set to open in 2023, will be located in Downtown Frederick. Chaney is directing her Wertheimer award money to create The AARCH Society Fund in memory of Key as a way to support the nonprofit’s programs and initiatives.

AARCH Society Walking Tours 

Take a step back in time on an AARCH Society walking tour of South Street in downtown Frederick.  You’ll experience a bit of life in the 1960s when South Street and neighboring streets comprised Frederick’s largest African American neighborhood. They were the cultural and economic heart of the African American community until the Civil Rights era—a rich and thriving community where they lived, worked, shopped, studied, and worshipped. While the neighborhood has changed since then, you will encounter many reminders of its vibrant history.  Tour dates and registration forms are at https://aarchsociety.org/walking-tour/

Frederick Community remembers AARCH Society’s President David Key, on his Birthday, August 2nd

AARCH Society organized a memorial walk from Lincoln Elementary School to the space in East All Saints Parking Garage that will one day soon house a cultural and education center for the group. (Photo by Michael Paskowsky)
Near the front of the crowd, Deborah Bay and Judy Owens smiled as they thought about what their brother would have said if he had seen how many people had come together to honor his life and remember his kindness, wit and soft-spoken nature. He would have been humbled, Bay said thoughtfully. Touched.
At the end of the day, David Key — the longtime president of Frederick’s African American Resources Cultural and Heritage Society — wanted people to be united, Bay said. For how large he loomed in the city’s community, her brother never sought out the limelight, she noted. But he had been loved by so many.
AARCH Society African American History Walking Tours
West, All Saints Street.
Explore the History of the Southern Section of Frederick City From the African American Perspective! Join us for our 60-90 minute unique walking tour as AARCH tour guides take you on an informative exploration of local history on All Saints Street and the surrounding area. Learn about the cultural and historical importance of the neighborhood that was the center of the African American community up until the early 1960s. Registration and payment are required prior to each tour. Each tour is limited to 15 people and involves walking on fairly even ground. Tours will be conducted in light rain or shine!  Register now! Please contact aarchsociety@gmail.com for any questions. The Launch of the Carroll Street Creative District
Carroll Street Creative District
Promoting the arts and creative district along Carroll Street.
Help plan for the creation and promotion of the art and creative district along Carroll Street – the Carroll Street Creative District. This event is open to everyone! The Frederick Book Arts Center will be moving to their new building on Carroll and South Streets to join the stalwarts who have been preserving our industrial buildings. The Book Arts Center can be an anchor for what can become an amazing creative district with spaces that are affordable and offer great foot traffic. Spaces for artists, artisans, makers, vendors, and all kinds of entrepreneurs at downtown’s main entrance could thrive and enhance all of Frederick as a regional and national draw for imagination and originality. For more information contact Alan Feinberg at feinberg.alan2@gmail.com or (301) 606-6717.
two bust of the enslaved
The reconstructed faces are unveiled during ” Forged in Bone and Iron – Unveilling Faces of the Enslaved” at the Delaphine Art Center on Thursday evening. The facial constructions show two enslaved African-Americans at the Catoctin Furnace who have been dead many years ago.

Historical Society unveils facial reconstructions of African-Americans once enslaved in Thurmont

We don’t know their names. It’s likely we never will. We know other things about them, though. We know that he endured heavy labor for much of his young life and that he was buried with care. We know that she was the mother of at least one little boy and suffered severe pain in her leg that likely worsened as she got older. Now, more than 100 years after their deaths, we also know what they looked like.

The two busts, constructed by artists from StudioEIS in Brooklyn, New York, will be displayed at the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society’s Museum of the Ironworker once it opens. Funds raised during Thursday’s event will be used to help finance renovations underway at the museum.

It was an emotional evening. It began with a moment of silence for David Key, the longtime president of Frederick’s African American Resources, Cultural and Heritage Society who died suddenly last week. His presence emanated throughout the night, with many speakers paying homage to his passion for recording the history of African-Americans in the county. For details, go to catoctinfurnace.org.

Left to right: Caylee Winpigler, Grace Stanislaus, Josh Pedersen, Joe Welty, Leigh Adams, Seaven Gordon.

Ausherman Family Foundation Site Visit

Ausherman Family Foundation members conducted a long-delayed site visit to the Heritage Center on June 24th. Originally planned for a March 2020 date, the visit was postponed due to the pandemic. In the meantime, the Foundation supported AARCH with grants to conduct Interpretive Planning and support the engagement of our interim manager, Grace Stanislaus.

Our AFF visitors were Executive Director Leigh Adams, and AFF Trustees– Tammie Workman, Caylee Winpigler, Joe Welty, and Josh Pedersen

In the background, (of the photo to left) is the AARCH Society’s newly installed window graphics, and the Society’s exciting new logo was designed and directed by Protean Gibril, an AARCH Society volunteer, and Mike Drake of MonkeeBox Design. The printing and installation were coordinated by Postern Design, funded by The Community Foundation of Frederick, The Frederick Arts Council, and Visit Frederick City & County.

Many thanks to Proffit and Associates for hosting one of our meetings with the Ausherman Family Foundation. We also thank Federated Charities and Liz Shatto for the use of their facility as well. The AARCH Society appreciates all the amazing support as we start our next phase of planning for the Heritage Center.

Please stop by and view the window treatments and continue to support this very important addition to the Frederick community.

Alexandra McDougle, an Anthropology Graduate Student at American University Research in the Time of COVID-19: Case Studies from 400 Years of African American History Fellowship_Webinar Recap and Resources Learn more! Alexandra was one of the speakers in this informative webinar, she also supports an assistantship with the AARCH Society and now volunteers with our Education Committee.  AARCH Reads Presents an Inspirational True Story of Ruby Bridges, read by Alderman Dr. Derek Shackleford The six-year-old Ruby Bridges and her family have recently moved from Mississippi to New Orleans in search of a better life. The court’s orders Ruby to attend first grade at William Frantz Elementary, an all-white school, Ruby faced angry mobs of parents who refuse to send their children to school with her. The author Robert Coles’ powerful narrative and beautifully illustrated by George Ford, Ruby Bridges courage and faith continues to resonate more than 60 years later. The Story of Ruby Bridges, Watch the video!

AARCH READS knows that storybooks have the power to awaken children to both the glories and the challenges life presents. AARCH READS presents video recordings of storybook readings that explore the culture, history, and beauty of being Black — as well as the challenges Black people face every day. AARCH READS targets young children, but the stories we share resonate with listeners of all ages. Our content addresses diverse subject matter and finds relevance for groups in many settings, from children in elementary school classrooms to families seated around the kitchen table.


Our Heritage Center opens in 2023. We want you to be a part of making it happen, and we want you there when the doors open. Join Us!

The dream of establishing a permanent home for the African American Resources-Cultural and Heritage Society (AARCH) is nearing fruition. Two decades in the making, it fulfills former Alderman William O. Lee’s vision. The new Heritage Center will be a vibrant place to tell the underrepresented story of Frederick’s African American community.

It’s an important story that needs to be told. The City of Frederick has offered AARCH a lease for a 3,200 square foot facility at the former Cycle Fit establishment. It is ideally situated near the Frederick Visitor Center, the Delaplaine Arts Center, and the Sky Stage. It adds another prominent destination for heritage tourism. The Heritage Center will include permanent exhibit space, a multi-purpose area suitable for theater/meeting space, and research and archival facilities. It will showcase local artifacts and feature first-hand accounts of Frederick’s living treasures, local African American residents 90 years old or older. Planning is underway, targeting a grand opening in 2023. Funding Needs
  • Architectural redesign
  • Exhibit and media planning
  • Exhibit and media production & installation
  • Building renovation
  • Archival storage
  • Technology purchases
  • Furnishings and equipment
  • Operations

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AARCH Society     PO Box 3903     Frederick, MD 21705