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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, International, International Studies

Mission: The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) is dedicated to an understanding of all aspects of Egyptian history and culture up to the present. To these ends, ARCE promotes scholarly research and the dissemination of its results; encourages cultural and academic ties among its members and their Egyptian counterparts; and fosters broader knowledge and appreciation of Egypt and its culture among the general public.

Results: - Over 50 completed conservation projects at ancient, Coptic, and Islamic sites. - Dozens of expeditions are assisted annually. - Hundreds trained through our museum registrar, conservation, field archaeology field schools. - Support of 13 local ARCE chapters that provide lectures about Egyptian culture and art.

Programs: Conservation and Training - ARCE carries out conservation projects at sites representing a variety of cultural periods including Pharaonic, Islamic, and Coptic.

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Peter L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ARCE does a tremendous job in protecting monuments, training young scholars, both American and Egyptian and in promoting goodwill between the US and the international community. I don't think any other NGO in Egypt works as hard or does as much as ARCE. The organization has a long and proud tradition of working in Egypt and has led the way in promoting professional training, conservation and public awareness of Egypt's unique cultural heritage from prehistory to the present day. Everyone can be prod of the exemplary work they have done and should support its continued growth and success well into the future.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of ARCE for several years, and now am on the board of the Oregon chapter. I recently returned from Egypt and saw first hand the efforts needed to keep this amazing country restored for future generations to enjoy as I did. Beyond the saving and protection of these treasures, employment and training of the local people is as important as the restoration itself. I am very happy to see my donations going to such a worthwhile cause. Thank you ARCE for all the work you are doing!
Mary Marlowe

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing organization. I never thought I would find an Egyptological society I liked so much. Very informative, great communication and plenty of events to attend.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been attending ARCE Chapter Meetings regularly for the past 6 years and have been on the Board of the Arizona Chapter for 2 years and now additionally on the Board for the Orange County starting this year. I have gotten the chance by attending these local talks on Egyptology to expand my knowledge of really interesting topics in Egypt studies - presented by the researchers involved in the work. The topics covered vary from the History of the wives of Rameses II, the re-use of coffin material from earlier dynastic burials by the priestly class in the 22nd Dynasty, to the discovery of KV5, KV63 and other new making items. There is no end to what topics ARCE can introduce your to, remind you of, make you want to dig deeper and learn more about. All Talks are great for the truely new student of Egyptian history as well as the experienced scholar. I try never to miss any talks - they are great

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am what is known in Egyptology as an "interested amateur". I have always enjoyed studying and learning about Ancient Egypt, and use many resources to do so. ARCE is a source I return to again and again for the high quality of their information and materials. Their lecture programming is outstanding, and there are many local chapters. I'm pleased to offer this positive recommendation to assist them in continuing their work.

Peter L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ARCE does a tremendous job in protecting monuments, training young scholars, both American and Egyptian and in promoting goodwill between the US and the international community. I don't think any other NGO in Egypt works as hard or does as much as ARCE. The organization has a long and proud tradition of working in Egypt and has led the way in promoting professional training, conservation and public awareness of Egypt's unique cultural heritage from prehistory to the present day. Everyone can be prod of the exemplary work they have done and should support its continued growth and success well into the future.

Previous Stories

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ARCE provides funding not only for saving ancient monuments but also for training and supporting the work of Egyptian students and scholars. Founded over 50 years ago to continue the work of the great American Archaeologist George Andrew Reisner, ARCE has been at the forefront of scholarly work in Egypt from the Aswan Dam Salvage Campaign to helping construct sgate of the art conservation facilities and a computer inventory for the Cairo Museum. Its work covers prehisoric to modern history and it has been an invaluable ambassador of goodwil.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ARCE is the only group of its kind to focus on Egyptology in America. For professionals it provides grants and conferences and to students, a place to share their work. The aid programs that are run by ARCE support work in Egypt and engagement with Egyptian communities. It is an excellent way for professionals to share their knowledge with enthusiasts in the US.

KKunhiraman

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ARCE serves as a gathering place for armchair Egyptologists (and I am one of them) to learn more from the experts, and share their love for all aspects of Egyptian history and arts.
I have visited Egypt many times and seen the wonderful work they have done in the field of preservation and restoration of a wide range of buildings, murals, and other even larger historical sites such as the St. Antony's Monastery where they restored murals that had been so covered in the soot of hundreds of years, they had to experiment with cleaning to discover if there were murals there at all! There Fr. Maximus revealed the cells cut in stone under the floor of the church, cleverly revealed beneath heavy sheets of glass, where the earliest monks - who may have existed in the living memory of Jesus - spent their lives in contemplation.
Sites have been opened to both Egypitan tourists and those from the whole world in methods that preserve all the visible signs of how they were originally conceived.
During the political upheavals of recent years when those working on the fringes of the tourist industry were suffering just to feed their families due to the devastating reduction in tourists, ARCE managed to bring many of these people into projects on location where they were able to earn money while learning the real craft of archaeology and preservation. A most deserving non-profit, that can stretch a dollar in a depressed economy where some of the greatest arts of the ancient world beg for help. The staff at all levels are dedicated and enthusiastic: shared passion that can do great things. I am proud to be a part of all they do. Through them I have met many renowned Egyptologists, and many of the ARCE staff. They are my friends. Katherine Kunhiraman

Alvin4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ARCE provides educational opportunities for students in the United States and Egypt, preserves Egypt's historical monuments which are world heritage sites and trains Egyptians to care and preserve this cultural heritage, ancient, Christian and Muslim for the world. ARCE is bridge between Americans and Egyptians, where our presence and good will is felt in localities throughout Egypt In the San Francisco area the local chapter provides outreach to students and teachers, fostering a better understanding of Egyptian culture both ancient and modern.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The contributions ARCE makes to the field of Egyptology cannot be measured. So many graduate students owe their start in field research to the programs run by ARCE, and ARCE's contribution to Egyptian scholars is unequaled.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) is a 65-year-old nonprofit that's been working to preserve and conserve Egyptian antiquities from seven millennia and to train Egyptian conservators in this mission. ARCE also supports more than a dozen local chapters around the United States in assisting with lectures from renowned Egyptologists from around the world. The ARCE annual conference is a must-go-to event where an attendee can listen to more than 20 lectures from academics and independent scholars across various Egyptology topics--religion, art, history, texts, and field-work reports from Egyptologists that appear regularly on the History, Discovery, National Geographic, and PBS television channels. As a regular field-work contributor to the work of the American University in Cairo Professor Salima Ikram's North Kharga Oasis Survey, I've had the opportunity to contribute my scientific and Coptic language expertise to this project.