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Overbeck Lecture: A Monument to Literature in a City of Politics

Monday, September 16, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Folger Shakespeare library

The Folger Shakespeare Library, in the shadow of the Capitol, sits close to the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court building.  What was at this location before the Library was built in 1932? Why was this site chosen for the Folgers’ world-class collection of Shakespearean and related resources from the 16th century to the present? And what does the building reveal about Shakespeare’s place in American history and literature?

Please join us on September 16 at the Capitol Hill History Lecture when Dr. Michael Witmore, director of the Folger since 2011, looks back to early 20th-century Washington and why the library came to Capitol Hill. Dr. Witmore, co-curator of the current exhibit on the architecture of the Folger Library, has recently been investigating the site and the ways that the landmark building expresses the wonder of Shakespeare in stone, wood and aluminum.

Admission is free, but a reservation is required due to limited seating. We suggest that all guests arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the event. Seating will begin at 7:00 for those who hold reservations. Available seats will be released to guests on the wait list beginning at 7:15. If you hold a reservation and find that you cannot attend, please let us know at:

Sponsored by Capitol Hill Community Foundation


Monday, September 16, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Ruth Ann Overbeck Capitol Hill History Project


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