September 1, 2016

New Leadership for the Overbeck History Lectures

After coordinating the effort for fifteen years, John Franzén handed over leadership of the Overbeck History Lectures to longtime community activists Nancy Metzger and Maygene Daniels in September 2016.

The lecture program, which explores the history of the District of Columbia and especially the Capitol Hill neighborhood, mounted 58 free lecture presentations under Franzén's direction.

Nancy Metzger has been intensively involved for many years in Capitol Hill community improvement and historic preservation efforts. She headed the successful drive to have the Capitol Hill Historic District extended down 8th Street S.E. to the Navy Yard and served on the city's Historic Preservation Review Board from 2.012–2016

Until her recent retirement, Maygene Daniels served as head archivist at the National Gallery of Art, and has long been the Overbeck Project's senior adviser on archival issues. She also played a central role in researching the history of the Old Naval Hospital (site of today's Hill Center) and creating the historic signage in that facility.