Capitol Hill Restoration Society

Anacostia Park History – Overbeck Lecture

Posted on July 2nd, 2018

And A River Runs By It…. Vince Vaise, Chief of Visitor Services, National Capital Parks-East will discuss the history of Anacostia Park  at the Overbeck Lecture on Monday, September 24, 2018, 7:30 p.m.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of the integration of the Park and particularly the pool.   


Anacostia Park, a 1,200-acre park is celebrating its 100th birthday this year.  With the steady improvement of the Anacostia River and recently opened Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, the park is undergoing a renaissance.  To the casual visitor, the park’s value as a recreational area is obvious.  However, underneath these ballfields and trails is a history stretching back thousands of years. Join Vince Vaise, Chief of Visitor Services at Anacostia Park, in an exciting talk that details the stories of Native Americans, civil rights battles, and historic landmarks.  This is an Overbeck History Lecture  you won’t want to miss!

The lecture will be presented at Hill Center at Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, at 7:30 p.m. As always, admission is free but a reservation is required due to limited seating. To register check the Hill Center calendar ( after September 1, call 549-4172 or visit  The organizers suggest that all guests arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the event. Seating will begin at 7 p.m. for those who hold reservations. Available seats will be released to guests on the wait list beginning at 7:15 p.m.

If you hold a reservation and find that you cannot attend, please let the organizers know at: