ARCE-DC: Egyptology Lectures in DC!

We're the Washington, DC chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt.



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Welcome to the Washington DC Chapter for the American Research Center in Egypt!


The national organization is abbreviated as ARCE, while we are called ARCE-DC. Our Egyptology lectures usually take place once a month, starting at 6:30pm on a Friday at Johns Hopkins’ Rome Auditorium, which is located at 1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC. (Read more about these talks on our upcoming events page.) While most of the talks we offer are free, we’d like to encourage all attendees to become members of ARCE and ARCE-DC. Your membership fees and other contributions are not only greatly appreciated, they go right to supporting conservation efforts in Egypt.

Please take a look around our website! We have upcoming events listed on the events page. Our membership page has more information on ARCE and our local chapter and PAPYRUS Club, plus a Membership Application form. On our other chapters page, we list other ARCE chapters in the U.S. and some links to other interesting Egypt-related websites.  Our news and blog page gives information about out-of-the-ordinary Chapter events and changes/additions to this website.

The ARCE Chapter in Washington, DC sponsors about ten free lectures to ARCEDC members and one paid seminar a year, plus occasional social events. We sponsor tours to Egypt and organize occasional bus trips to museums that are featuring exhibitions on Egypt.  We maintain close contact with the Embassy of Egypt, which frequently provides a speaking venue for our lecturers.  Our lectures are otherwise coordinated with and held at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies‘ Rome Auditorium. The auditorium is located at 1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC. Here’s a link to a map on to help you find your way.

Our chapter has approximately 100 members and the average attendance at lectures is approximately 40 people.  When lectures are held at the Egyptian Embassy, the number can exceed 100. Our chapter can also be referred to as Shemsu, which in Ancient Egyptian means “the followers.” That’s the meaning of the hieroglyphic logo on the left. It is thought to represent servants’ staffs with supplies tied to them. Since ARCE-DC sees itself as a group of followers of Ancient Egypt, we have adopted this symbol.

The American Research Center in Egypt‘s national and local chapters are active in supporting scholarship, training, and conservation efforts in Egypt. Among ARCE’s many great achievements is the relationship with the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) within the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, without whom our work would not be possible. ARCE is viewed as making important contributions that serve to help Egypt directly in its pursuit of cultural heritage preservation.

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6 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. Please feel free to leave comments for us. Thank you!

  2. My thoughts are with the people of Egypt, and with all those who care about the threat of the current political events to the archeological wonders of the area.

    Please give my regards to Francis Niedenfuhr – a friend whom I think of frequently but with whom I have too little contact.


  3. Hello!
    I just joined ARCE today. I’m looking forward to meeting the members of ARCE-DC. at the lecture on April 8, 2011.

  4. We hope you like the new site design.

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  6. Hi
    I have a small group of 6 people who would love to go to the Field Trip to Baltimore. How can I make this happen? I am a member since February 2011.

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