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Overbeck Lecture: Following the Trail of John Burroughs

Monday, October 25, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


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Lecture By: Steve Dryden

Before John Burroughs was known as an eminent naturalist and nature writer in the decades after the Civil War, he lived for a time on Capitol Hill where the Russell Office Building now stands. His observations during hikes about the city and out into the nearby woods, sometimes accompanied by Walt Whitman, became the basis for popular nature essays that were gathered into books like Wake-Robin and later Riverby, along with many others. At the October Overbeck History lecture, Steve Dryden, executive director of the Friends of Peirce Mill, will trace Burroughs’ life in DC, his discoveries of Washington’s natural delights, and his growing national popularity. Since Peirce Mill is located within the area that Burroughs often explored, Mr. Dryden has studied not only Burroughs’ world through his books but also the on-the-ground changes that resulted during more recent decades, particularly as streams and waterways were lost to view.

Join us on Monday evening, October 25, at 7:30 pm, at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, when Steve Dryden shares John Burroughs’s Washington in an illustrated presentation.

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:

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Sponsored by Capitol Hill Community Foundation


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Monday, October 25, 2021
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Ruth Ann Overbeck Capitol Hill History Project
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