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Overbeck Lecture: The Intersections of History: Five Parks that Changed Washington

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


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Lecture By: Vince Vaise

The evolution of our nation’s capital, both physically and socially, can be seen through the history of five key Capitol Hill Parks. At the April 11 Overbeck History lecture, Vince Vaise, chief of visitor services at National Capital Parks-East, will explore how their individual histories intersect with the evolution of the national capital. These parks are among the nation’s first federal parks — the first pieces of land reserved as parks by the federal government for public enjoyment. These parks are more than landmarks; they are touchstones to some of the most important people in American history. They served an important role in the Civil Rights movement, shaped the communities that surround them, and provide aesthetic value. This program will highlight the 230-year history of these parks. Attendees will have a better appreciation literally of the history under their feet.

Vincent Vaise is Chief of Visitor Services for the National Park Service, National Capital Parks-East, a group of sites that includes the Carter G. Woodson, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, and Frederick Douglass National Historic Sites, Capitol Hill parks, Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Garden, and Fort DuPont, as well as Anacostia Park.  He and his staff manage ranger-led walks, bike tours, recreational activities, permits, social media and web presence, exhibits and youth programs for the parks.

Vince is a 30-year veteran of the National Park Service.  He spent almost 23 of those years at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and Hampton National Historic Site. From 2012 – 2015, he led Fort McHenry in its commemoration of the War of 1812, and has given talks on local television stations as well as C-SPAN, CBS (with Mo Rocca), and ABC (with Al Roker).

The April 11 Overbeck History lecture, held at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, at 7:30 pm, will highlight the 230-year history of these parks. As always 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 pm. If you are unable to attend, please notify the Hill Center so that another person can attend the lecture.

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Sponsored by Capitol Hill Community Foundation


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