Upcoming Lectures

In June 1833, as an infant, Mary Ann Shiner and her siblings and mother were stolen from near the Navy Yard and taken to the slave market in Alexandria for sale. Mary Ann's father, Michael Shiner, recorded this event and the eventual release of his family in his diary, now in the Library of Congress. Image: Library of Congress

Mary Ann Shiner Almarolia (1833-1904)

Lecture By :
Mark Herlong
The next Overbeck Lecture will be held on Monday, March 11, 2019, when Mark Herlong will present a lecture on Mary Ann Shiner Almarolia (1833-1904). Free reservations for the lecture will become available in January 2019.

Mary Ann Shiner Almarolia was born enslaved, the daughter of Michael Shiner and his wife Phillis. Michael Shiner's experiences and observations are recorded in his thoughtful diary, now at the Library of Congress. Mary Ann herself had an adventurous life. After the Civil War she married an Italian immigrant, operated a hotel on Maryland Avenue with her husband, and became a well-known figure in the neighborhood. Lecturer Mark Herlong will explore her life on Capitol Hill from a time of slavery to the twentieth century.

As all Overbeck Capitol Hill History lectures, this presentation is free and open to the public.


Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

Contact Number
(202) 549-4172
Lecture Date
March 11, 2019
Cost of Lecture
Lecture Time
7:30 p.m.

Lecture Series

Since 2002, the Overbeck Project has presented four lectures per year by local historians, authors and scholars on the history of Capitol Hill and the larger Washington, D.C. community.

All lectures are open to the public and offered free of charge.
Registration is required – see registration links below each lecture title.

Past Lectures: