The Washington DC Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE)

Our non-profit organization, founded 35 years ago, is the Washington, D.C., chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE DC). Our principal mission is to engage the general public in the study of ancient Egypt, and to share with them information on Egypt’s archaeological excavations and cultural heritage preservation projects.

To accomplish that, ARCE DC offers a monthly lecture by an expert in the field. This is promoted among our members, but the general public has always been welcome to attend too.

By 2020, though, it had become obvious that we needed to shift the focus of our outreach to the digital realm.

Our outdated website could not accommodate that, though, and communications with our traditional service area—Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland—were seriously hindered.  

To remedy this, we engaged digital historian Jessica Pritchard Ritter, the founding designer of For the Love of History Consulting, to create a new web site.

Ms. Pritchard Ritter showcased our brand so perfectly that we gained new members and supporters from around the globe—30 countries on five continents.

We are now able to easily update the website to announce new lectures, and to link to social media posts that attract a broader audience than ever before. Our monthly online lectures now draw attendees from as far away as Argentina, South Africa, and South Korea—a surprising and valuable development that has changed the way ARCE DC operates and how we share our enthusiasm for the land of the pharaohs.

Ann Williams, President