Upcoming Lectures

Capitol Hill’s Inhabited Alleys

Lecture By :
Kimberly Prothro Williams
Kimberly Prothro Williams will discuss the evolution of Capitol Hill's inhabited alleyways from the 19th century to the 1960s.

Kim Williams, author of the recently released book Hidden Alleyways of Washington, DC: A History, will tell the story of Capitol Hill’s inhabited alleys from their development in the 19th century through government attempts in the early 1900s to eliminate thousands of alley dwellings where the poorest of the city’s residents lived. She will also discuss how residents, by restoring many dwellings in the 1940s and 1950s,changed the course of the earlier demolition programs and contributed to the racial and economic transformation of those alleys.

Kim Williams, architectural historian and author of several books about historic resources and communities, serves as the National Register Coordinator at the D.C. Historic Preservation Office where her primary focus is to research, evaluate, and document properties for listing in the National Register. Her book will be available for purchase at the lecture.

Admission to Overbeck Lectures is free but a reservation is required due to limited capacity. Reservations can be made through Hill Center three weeks before the lecture.

The night of the lecture, seating will begin at 7:00 pm for guests with reserved seating.  Available seats will be released to others beginning at 7:15 pm. If you are unable to attend please notify Hill Center (202-549-4172) so that another person can attend.


Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital          

921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

Contact Number
Lecture Date
December 4, 2023
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: