Upcoming Lectures

Woman Suffrage: Picketing at U.S. Capitol, 1918. Harris & Ewing Photograph. Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/item/2016866204/

Places of Protest: The Struggle for Women’s Suffrage in the Nation’s Capital

Lecture By :
Elizabeth A. Novara
One hundred years ago, in early 1920, suffragists waited in anticipation to see if their tireless work would pay off – would the states ratify the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution securing the right to vote for millions of women?

Building up to this moment, suffrage protests and organizing in the nation’s capital had reverberated across the country. On March 20, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. Elizabeth A. Novara, American Women’s History Specialist in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress, will present a lecture on the struggle for women’s suffrage in Washington, DC, in the early 20th century. She will focus on sites of local importance to the movement, such as the various locations of the National Woman’s Party’s national headquarters, as well as places of protest in DC where suffragists organized, picketed, and paraded. She will draw examples from the Library of Congress’s current exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote and will highlight significant suffrage-related collections available at the Library.

The lecture will be presented at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital. Admission is free, but registration is required due to limited seating. To register, call 202-549-4172 or go to https://www.hillcenterdc.org/event/overbeck-lecture-places-of-protest-the-struggle-for-womens-suffrage-in-the-nations-capital/

Overbeck Lectures are sponsored by the Capitol Hill Community Foundation.


Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital.

Contact Number
Lecture Date
March 9, 2020
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.

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