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Celebrating the Move to Washington, DC

Celebrating the Move to Washington, DC

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Celebrating the Move to Washington, DC

By Jennifer Archer, ARCE Interim Director of Development

ARCE President, Melinda Hartwig (r) opens the evening reception, recounting the institute’s accomplishments and envisioning its future. Photo: J. Zimmerman

ARCE marked the move of its headquarters from San Antonio to Washington, DC on May 24 with a celebratory reception held at the DACOR Bacon House in Washington, DC. Executive Director Jane Zimmerman and Board President Melinda Hartwig enthusiastically welcomed ARCE members and friends from the diplomatic, donor, and non-profit communities, along with State Department and USAID colleagues. Ms. Zimmerman described ARCE’s mission to support research on all aspects of Egyptian history and culture, foster a broader knowledge about Egypt among the general public, and strengthen American-Egyptian cultural ties. She invited the assembled guests to champion ARCE’s vision to be a world leader -- in partnership with Egypt --  for the understanding and preservation of Egyptian cultural heritage.

ARCE was honored to welcome Egyptian Ambassador Yasser Reda and Professor Mohamed Samid Hamza, Cultural Counselor and Director of Egypt's Cultural and Educational Bureau. Ambassador Reda expressed great pleasure in welcoming ARCE to DC and his keen interest in working together in the years to come.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio (2nd from right) and Board Member Terry Rakolta (r) celebrate the moment with Jane Zimmerman, Betsy Bryan and Melinda Hartwig (left to right). Photo: J. Zimmerman

Among the guests were Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Michigan Congressmen John Moolenaar, Jack Bergman, and Tim Walberg. State Department Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Ambassador Stuart Jones and Deputy Assistant Secretaries of State John Desrocher and Larry Schwartz and former Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs and US Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson, interacted with guests and board and chapter members, learning about ARCE’s accomplishments and future plans. Board of Governors Melinda Hartwig, Betsy Bryan, David Anderson, Janice Kamrin, Jim Allen, Erin Moseley and Terry Rakolta were on hand to share their optimism and confidence in ARCE as it opens a new chapter in its decades old story.

Congressman John Moolenaar (r), 4th district Michigan, greets Egyptian Ambassador Yasser Reda (l) and ARCE Executive Director Jane Zimmerman (c). Photo: J. Zimmerman

ARCE looks forward to hosting many more events in the Washington, DC area in the years to come to showcase the work of its institutional members – leaders in the fields of Egyptology, archaeology, art history and more – as well as its own efforts in Egypt and across the United States through its network of thirteen chapters.   Establishing itself in Washington, DC will certainly enable ARCE to focus attention on the importance of preserving Egyptian cultural heritage now and for future generations.

The DACOR Bacon House Foundation was established for the purpose of contributing to the development of mutual international understanding and the strengthening of ties between the people of the United States and other nations. To this end it pursues programs of a public and educational nature to enhance public awareness and foster educated leadership in international affairs.

Two musicians from the Saltanah Ensemble, Kylie Hilali (l) on qanun and Ahmed El Hadad (r) on riq. The musical repertoire of the ensemble includes music from Egypt, the Levant, Saudi Arabia and North Africa. Photo: J. Zimmerman

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