Juneteenth Message from Our President, Protean Gibril

As we celebrate the second national observance of the Juneteenth holiday, America’s second Independence Day, we celebrate in spirit with the 250,000 plus formally enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas when their freedom was declared in the Emancipation Proclamation on June 19,1865.  READ PROTEAN’S FULL MESSAGE.

West All Saints Street

AARCH Announces 2022 Walking Tours Schedule

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. Gain insights into the culture, contributions, and customs of this historically African American community. Learn about the cultural and historical importance of the neighborhood that was the center of the African American community until the early 1960s.

See Schedule, Details, and Register Here


Exciting News! Ausherman Family Foundation Grant

AARCH Society is pleased to announce that we have received a $25,000 grant from the AushermanAusherman Family Foundation logo Family Foundation. The funds will be used in support of operations as we continue our work in the community and our goal to open The African American Resources and Cultural Heritage Center in downtown Frederick in 2023.

“Ausherman Family Foundation is proud to support AARCH Society in keeping with our Vision to make Frederick County a thriving community of vibrant spaces and places,” says Leigh Adams, Executive Director of the Foundation. Read the full article here.


Building Our Future: The Heritage Center

The Heritage Center will occupy the ground floor of the East All Saints Street Parking Garage, 125 East All Saints Street.

The dream of establishing a permanent home for the African American Resources Cultural and Heritage Society (AARCH) is nearing fruition, with the goal of opening The AARCH Society Heritage Center in 2023. 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 important and under-represented story of Frederick’s African American community. 

The City of Frederick provided a lease for a 3,200 square foot facility on the corner of Carroll and All Saint’s Streets. Ideally situated near the Frederick Visitor Center, the Delaplaine Arts Center, and the Sky Stage, the AARCH Society Heritage Center 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.

Help Build Our Future Here.


AARCH Collection Move & Organizing Is Underway!AARCH Society Archive boxes on shelves

The AARCH Society has taken another important step forward in David Key’s vision of creating a permanent home showcasing Frederick County’s African American history, culture, and contributions. In May, volunteers moved more than 80 percent of the AARCH Collection into a space in the Federated Charities Building on South Market Street in Frederick. Read the full story and volunteer to help AARCH Society make history here!


Meet the AARCH Society Leadership Team

Protean Gibril, AARCH Society President

Protean Gibril, a member of the Board of Directors and chair of its Growth and Development Committee, became AARCH Society’s new President in 2022. A U.S. Air Force veteran and Senior Analyst and Brand Manager for a large Federal agency, Protean has over 35 years of experience and leadership in strategic planning and achieving organizational goals, business transformation/process improvement efforts. Protean graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She has served as Vice President for Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Western Maryland Chapter. 

In 2022, the Society also welcomed seven new directors who bring a variety of expertise and will give their time and talents to realizing the opening in 2023 of the first African American Heritage Center in downtown Frederick, MD, on the corner of Carroll and All Saint’s Streets. Meet the AARCH Society Board of Directors here.


2022 FCC & AARCH Society Courses

May 19 and May 26 

In a partnership with Frederick Community College (FCC) the Society has developed and offers a lecture series covering a variety of topics about Frederick’s African American history from the 18th century to today. Presented by instructors from the Society, the lectures are through FCC’s Continuing Education program and are free. You do not have to be an FCC student to attend. Some lectures will be offered through a structured remote online format, while others will be in person. You must be registered to join the remote sessions or attend the live lectures. 

open book with logoAARCH Reads knows that storybooks have the power to awaken children to both the glories and the challenges life presents. AARCH Reads presents lively video recordings of storybook readings that explore the culture, history, and beauty – and the challenges – of being Black. AARCH Reads stories are geared to children but will resonate with listeners of all ages in many settings, from children in elementary school classrooms to families seated around the kitchen table. Currently, AARCH Reads is featured in a display at the Walkersville Public Library. Learn more atAARCH Reads.

Historian Michelle Wright Explores Black Advocacy in Frederick

In the summer of 2020, Black Lives Matter marches dominated the news in Frederick. While many believe this movement to be less than ten years old, Black Fredericktonians have been voicing concern over the lack of value of Black lives far beyond this period of unrest. In her presentation, historian Michelle D. Wright, who recently completed seminal historical research on African Americans in Frederick for the Society, will briefly trace the history of movements in Frederick that asserted that Black lives have historically mattered. Watch the Video


Rose Dorsey Chaney Recognized With Wertheimer Fellow Awards

By Gina Gallucci-White | Photography by Turner Photography Studio | Posted on 10.01.21

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.  “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, serves on the Boards of the African American Resources Culture and Heritage (AARCH) Society, I Believe in Me and Asbury Redevelopment Trust. She is a member 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. Chaney is directing her Wertheimer award money to create The AARCH Society Fund in memory of Key.

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