You are invited to a Zoom webinar

When: Nov 24, 2020, 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Topic: Interpreting Black History in Frederick: Community & Agency Perspectives

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Dr. Rachel Watkins research focuses on the biological and social history of African Americans living in the 19th and 20th century urban US. Her study with the National Park Service provided a detailed profile of the rich and diverse histories of Black communities in Frederick, and the ways that members of those communities preserve, interpret, and educate the public about that history. The presentation of African American history as an organic part of US American history is a major emphasis of this important work. Black residents of Frederick interviewed for the study have extensive knowledge of their family histories, including ties to enslavement. The study emphasizes the importance of community engagement in enhancing historical interpretation at community and agency levels.


National History Day is an annual competition that starts each fall and is open to all middle and high school students. AARCH’s History Day Presentation below introduces the program, explains the competition, and highlights some of the local African American topics students might choose to pursue.

Click here to view: AARCH’s History Day Presentation


Click here to view: AARCH’s topic ideas




Help Us Honor Frederick’s Vibrant Past

Support the Heritage Center for African American History

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 2022.

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