Capitol Hill Restoration Society

Bridge Across History – Overbeck Lecture

Posted on November 18th, 2021

The Overbeck Lecture series will present A Bridge Across History, a documentary film premiere and discussion, at 7:30 pm on Monday, December 6, 2021 at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.  

City of Washington from Beyond the Navy Yard by George Cooke, 1833. White House Historical Association

Producers John R. Wennersten and Barry Harrelson will be present to introduce the film and answer questions.

A Bridge Across History, a 40-minute documentary filmexplores the cultural and historical development of Capitol Hill and the Anacostia waterfront from 1790 to the present covering the Washington Navy Yard, the Civil War, racial progress and regression, and the problems of development and gentrification in the modern era.

The film is a project of Sustainable Waterfronts, a non-profit organization that seeks to preserve the history of Washington’s waterfront from the founding of the city to today.  It’s part of a documentary series that includes On the Waterfront With Arthur Cotton Moore which was recently featured at the D.C. Environmental Film festival.

Hill Center safety protocols will be in place for this live event.  Proof of vaccination will be required and masks must be worn inside the building.

To register go to  or call 202-549-4172. Seating will begin at 7 pm for those who hold reservations.

Available seats will be released to guests on the wait list beginning at 7:15 pm. If you hold a reservation and find that you cannot attend, please contact the organizers, so that others might use your unclaimed seats.

Overbeck lectures are supported by the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. For more information on the lecture series, visit