Upcoming Lectures

Paul Philippe Cret's original design for the Folger Shakespeare Library

Overbeck Lectures to Return on September 16, 2019

Lecture By :
Michael Witmore.
On Monday September 16, Folger Library Director Michael Witmore will present a lecture on the history and pre-history of the 300 block of East Capitol Street, SE, where the Library is located.

The Folger Shakespeare Library, in the shadow of the United States Capitol, sits close to the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court building.  What was at this location before the Folger Library was built in 1932?  Why was this site chosen for the Folgers' world-class collection of Shakespearean and related resources from the 16th century to the present? What does the building reveal about Shakespeare's place in American history and literature?

In his lecture, Dr. Witmore, director of the Folger Library since 2011, will look back to early 20th-century Washington and why the library came to Capitol Hill.  Dr. Witmore, co-curator of the current exhibit on the architecture of the Folger Library, has recently been investigating the site and the ways that the landmark building expresses the wonder of Shakespeare in stone, wood and aluminum.

The illustrated lecture will be presented at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE.  Admission is free, but a reservation is required due to limited seating.  To register go to: https://www.hillcenterdc.org/event/overbeck-lecture-a-monument-to-literature-in-a-city-of-politics or call 202-549-4172.

We suggest that guests arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the event.  The doors will open at 7:00 pm for those who hold reservations.  Available seats will be released to guests on the wait list beginning at 7:15 pm.

If you hold a reservation and later find that you cannot attend, please let us know at:  OverbeckLecture@CapitolHillHistory.org.


Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

Contact Number
Lecture Date
September 16, 2019
Cost of Lecture
Lecture Time
7:30 pm

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.

Past Lectures: