Capitol Hill Restoration Society

Intersections of History: Five Parks that Changed Washington

Posted on March 26th, 2022

Overbeck History Lecture, April 11, 2022, 7:30 pm at at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. The evolution of our nation’s capital, both physically and socially, can be seen through the history of five Capitol Hill parks. Vince Vaise, chief of visitor services at National Capital Parks-East, will explore how their individual histories intersect with Washington’s evolution. The parks are among the first pieces of land reserved by the federal government for public enjoyment. More than landmarks, they are touchstones to some of the most important people and events in American history. They served an important role in the civil rights movement, shaped the communities that surround them, and provide aesthetic value.

Stanton Park

The lecture will be held in person. As always admission is free but a reservation is required due to limited seating. Reservations may be obtained by reserving or by calling 202-549-4172.

The organizers suggest that all guests arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the event. 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 are unable to attend, please notify the Hill Center so that another person can attend the lecture. At present guests are required to show proof of vaccination against COVID 19 and must remain masked while in the building. These requirements may change, so be sure to check the Hill Center website ( for updated policies.

Overbeck lectures are supported by the Capitol Hill Community Foundation.