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 everyday. 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.





The AARCH Society of Frederick County is pleased to announce the release of Part I of a 2-part new documentary, Frederick’s March for Justice: The Vision. The short film highlights the 2020 March for Justice in Frederick, a response by the local community to the murder of George Floyd and the deaths and suffering of other people of color at the hands of law enforcement.

Frederick’s first March for Justice was organized by a small group of young activists; it took place June 5, 2020, eleven days after Mr. Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis. The documentary’s creator Malcolm Brown, an AARCH volunteer and videographer, filmed march organizers and participants, as well as city and county officials for the two-part documentary which explores how ideas can become reality and draw a community together in the digital age. Interviews were conducted by AARCH board members Sonja Brown-Jenkins and Barbara Thompson.

Part I – Frederick’s March for Justice: The Vision will air for the first time on Monday, January 18, in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The link is below.

Part I – Frederick’s March for Justice: The Vision




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.

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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

More on the Heritage Center

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AARCH Society     PO Box 3903     Frederick, MD 21705