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Overbeck History Lectures Move to Hill Center

The highly successful Overbeck Lecture Series, which explores Washington, DC's local history, relocated to Hill Center at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue S.E. in September 2015. Series coordinator John Franzén said the move was driven by the outstanding logistical support, including publicity, reservations and audio-visual capability, that Hill Center can provide, along with the Center's proximity to the Eastern Market Metro stop.

The new arrangement kicked off with an illustrated lecture on Duke Ellington's Washington by the nation's foremost authority on Ellington and his music, John Edward Hasse. Hasse is curator of American music at the Smithsonian's American History Museum and author of Beyond Category: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington.

The Overbeck Lectures, which were originally held at the Naval Lodge Hall at 4th and Pennsylvania S.E., have been a popular feature of the Overbeck Project since 2001. To get on our email notification list for future lectures, please send your contact information to OverbeckLecture@CapitolHillHistory.org.

Were You There? Remembering the 1963 March on Washington

A special Black History Month event, co-sponsored by the Overbeck Project and Capitol Hill Village, was held February 23, 2013, to commemorate the 50th anniversary year of the 1963 March on Washington.

We extend heartfelt thanks to our keynote speaker Paul Delaney; panel moderator Rev. Edward A. Hailes, Jr.; panelists Courtland Cox, Rev. Reginald Green, Mrs. Nettie Hailes, Daniel Smith, Brig Cabe, and Judy Bardacke; the chorus of Friendship Public Charter School, Chamberlain Campus, and the school's instrumental music director Michael Hawkins. We are also grateful to the Lutheran Church of the Reformation for hosting the event, the Capitol Hill Community Foundation and the Walter and Karla Goldschmidt Foundation for financial support, and Capitol Hill Village member Mike Canning, who served as master of ceremonies.

Congratulations to these winners of the student speech contest conducted in conjunction with the event: Tania Holland (Eastern High School), High School First Prize; Taijuan Carter (Eastern High School), High School Runner-up; Mary Robison (Capitol Hill Day School), Middle School First Prize; and Jhonathan Wilson (Two Rivers PCS), Middle School Runner-up. The prizes were awarded during the February 23 event, and the two first prize winners delivered their speeches as part of the program.

Still Collecting Memories of the March. The Overbeck Project's special page devoted to Memories of the March remains online and we continue to welcome submission of individual memories of the 1963 March using our online form, and we invite everyone to read the memories that have been submitted. Each of those stories reflects what one individual saw and felt on August 28, 1963, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his "I Have a Dream" speech to an unprecedented crowd that had gathered on the Washington Mall. Relatives and friends of those who need assistance are welcome to post on the other person's behalf.

How This Event Started. The impetus to hold such an event grew from a February, 2012, gathering sponsored by Capitol Hill Village, where people shared their personal memories of the 1963 March. Overbeck Project volunteers supported the effort by recording and transcribing the presentations and discussion that took place. The full transcript of that session is available. View Online | View PDF

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