First view of CapitolHillHistory.org home page, November, 2018
First view of CapitolHillHistory.org home page, November, 2018
November 1, 2018

Overbeck Project launches new website

The Overbeck Project has extensively redesigned its website to enhance its appearance and make it more user-friendly, with stronger search capability.

The website features 

- More than 200 transcribed interviews with long-time Capitol Hill residents, including numerous portraits.

- Information on upcoming Overbeck Capitol Hill History lectures and summaries of past presentations.

- Historic photographs, maps and other images relating to the oral histories or associated with the history of Capitol Hill.

- Sources for research on Capitol Hill's past.

The website was designed and created by Interface Multimedia under the leadership of Mark Burlinson and Jeff Pulford. Overbeck Project volunteers Bernadette McMahon and Maygene Daniels assisted in the conceptual design and reformatted and moved content to the new site. John Franzen and Nancy Metzger offered advice and guidance, and volunteers Betsy Barnett and David MacKinnon reviewed the content.  Phoebe Smith of Hunt-Smith Design created the new logo.

The website incorporates materials collected by Overbeck Project volunteers during the project's 17-year history. The original website was designed by Heather McKay in 2001 and maintained by Rick Hamecs, Hunt-Smith Design, and Bernadette McMahon for many years.

Development of the website was supported by the Capitol Hill Community Foundation.

The new website has several notable features.

Search and Navigation

The website has advanced full-text search capability. Navigation has been simplified and optimized for desktop and mobile devices.

New filters
Click here to see how this works.

Users will be able to find interviews with significant information on ten subjects of research interest: African American Life, Businesses and Occupations, Childhood Memories, Community Organizations, Eastern Market, Immigrant Families, Places of Worship,  Politics and Government, Preservation and Development, and Schools.  

Searches can be further limited based on the earliest date of subjects discussed in the interviews.

Images

The website is generously illustrated with numerous historical photographs, many never before seen online. Some come from collections donated to the project, and others are images scanned from interviewee loans. The latter images are often part of that interviewee's transcript, which is linked from the display on the new website.

Click here to see how how the image is connected to the transcript.