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For over 50 years the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society has continued to pursue its mission of collecting, preserving and sharing the rich history of this area. Its collections of books, photographs, documents and artifacts, now numbering in the thousands, attract scores of visitors each year and fulfill the vision of the founders: to encourage and inspire present and future generations to preserve and share our County’s heritage.
The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society was founded in 1962 by nine members of the local community dedicated to preserving and promoting the County’s historical resources. At first the Society’s library and archival holdings were small enough to be held in a closet in its first headquarters building: the old B&A Power Station Building Severna Park, MD. The Society restored the structure and initially used it as a museum. Today, the building houses the Browse and Buy Shoppe.
In 1976, AACHS acquired the Benson-Hammond House at Aviation Blvd. and Andover Rd. in Linthicum, the only historic farmhouse not torn down to make way for the construction of BWI Airport. After 5 years of re-construction the House was ready to entertain visitors in May, 1981.
In October, 1991, the Anne Arundel County Public Library closed their branch at the Kuethe Library in Glen Burnie. By agreement with the Kuethe Library Board of Trustees, the Historical Society was given occupancy of the building, the collections of AACHS and AAGS were moved in and the Historical and Genealogical Research Center was opened.
In 2012, The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society celebrated its 50th Anniversary. From a small group meeting in members' living rooms, the Society has grown and prospered through the efforts of its dedicated staff of volunteers. Join us to help collect, preserve and share the rich history of Anne Arundel County.