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Overbeck Lecture: Mary Shiner Almarolia and the Fast Life on Capitol Hill – SOLD OUT

Monday, March 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This event is sold out. To be added to the waitlist, please email with the name of the program and the number of seats requested.

Join us for the Overbeck History Lecture, in which Dr. Mark Herlong will discuss the life and adventures of a little-known Capitol Hill resident, Mary Ann Shiner Almarolia (1833-1904).  Mary was the daughter of Michael Shiner, the black Navy Yard worker and politician whose famous diary is housed at the Library of Congress. As an infant, she was kidnapped by slave traders and freed by her father’s heroic efforts. In an era when mixed marriages and opportunities for African Americans were rare, Mary married an Italian and ran a string of successful businesses on Capitol Hill, including hotels, restaurants, a bawdy house, a nursery and a dance hall called the Razzle-Dazzle (a.k.a. The Burning Rag). In the late 19th-century, she was considered one of the most influential women in Washington, a confidant of politicians and diplomats – and a possible murderer.

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, March 11
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Ruth Ann Overbeck Capitol Hill History Project


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