The AARCH Society offers many ways to be involved, to be supportive and to grow in knowledge.
As a volunteer, a lover of history, culture and heritage and a seeker of knowledge, you can realize your interests by participating in one of the Society’s Task Committees. All that’s required to be a member of a committee is that you bring your skills, knowledge, experience, and interests in support of the Society’s stated mission, values, and goals.
The Collection Committee is responsible for supporting the Society in its goal of growing and managing its collections by bringing their expertise to establishing and assisting in the implementation and enforcement of written policies and procedures for inventorying, cataloging, digitizing, preserving, conserving, managing, and making the collection of objects and archival materials publicly accessible.
The Communications Committee includes members with experience and expertise who assist the Society in overseeing and managing all matters that relate to effectively communicating with the Society’s stakeholders: members, donors, the press, media, and the general public. The Committee uses various vehicles and tools, including the website, newsletters, social media platforms, and the Society’s online presence and media relationships to expand its presence and brand and to keep its stakeholders informed and updated about programs, events, activities, and news.
The Education Committee includes members with experience and expertise specific to school-based programs, curriculum development, pre-and post-visit materials, and teacher/educator training and workshops. The Committee plans and develops programs, presentations, and events that educate, enrich, and engage educators, students, schools, and the community.
The Program Committee includes members with expertise in the area of program planning, design, and implementation who assist the Society in completing a 5-year Program Plan based on its preliminary Program Plan; researching and identifying resources and funding sources, and designing, developing, and implementing the Society’s programs and services and the programs that are being planned for the new Heritage Center. Current program and service areas include: Cemetery Clean up and Preservation; Community History Fairs; Walking Tours; and Living Treasures Recognition and Oral History.
The Research Committee supports the Society’s mission as a resource and a source of knowledge and information by undertaking historical research about African American history, heritage, and culture and genealogy research for individuals seeking to trace their lineage. The Committee includes a history research team and a genealogy team of members who bring knowledge and expertise and who are also interested in expanding their knowledge.