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Coming Events

Reserve Now for November 7 Lecture:
Alexander Shepherd and the Making of Modern Washington

On Monday, November 7, John P. Richardson will present a power point lecture on Alexander R. Shepherd, the man credited with helping to transform Washington from its post-Civil War shambles into a modern city during DC's territorial government period (1871-74). Richardson calls Shepherd's achievement in building Washington's infrastructure against all odds an American success story. The lecture will be based on Richardson's biography, Alexander Robey Shepherd: The Man Who Built the Nation's Capital, recently published by Ohio University Press. Books will be available for sale and a book signing will follow the lecture.

The lecture will be held at the Hill Center at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE at 7:30 pm. As always, admission is free but a reservation is required due to limited seating. To register, click here or simply call 202-549-4172. We suggest that guests arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the lecture. Seating will begin at 7:00 pm for those who hold reservations. Available seats will be released to guests on the waiting list beginning at 7:15 pm.

Richardson became interested in Shepherd when he lived in DC's Shepherd Park neighborhood, just a short distance from the site of Shepherd's summer home, Bleak House. Richardson is secretary of the Association of Oldest Inhabitants of Washington, DC. Before retiring in 2005 he was an officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, serving in Pakistan, Jordan and Indonesia.

The Overbeck Lectures are sponsored by the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. Please remember CHCF in your charitable giving.

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