Photo credit: Historical Society of Washington

A Community Exploring Its Past

The Overbeck Project preserves and publicizes the history of the Capitol Hill community by recording the recollections of its longtime residents, presenting history lectures and promoting historical research.

Lecture Series

United States Slave Trade, 1830 (courtesy of the Library of Congress)

Thomas Smallwood, the Underground Railroad, and Capitol Hill

Lecture By :
Scott Shane
May 13, 2024
Thomas Smallwood, a free black man residing in the Navy Yard area organized audacious escapes for large numbers of enslaved people in Washington, Baltimore, and the surrounding region, and wrote about it in a series of extraordianarly satirical newspaper dispatches.
Learn More

In Memoriam

Rick Hamecs 1951 - 2024

The Overbeck Project notes with sadness the passing of Rick Hamecs. Rick was among the first project volunteers in 2001 and served as our pioneering webmaster. He was a supporter of the Overbeck Project for the remainder of his life.
Read More