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Museum Marks Irish Heritage Month by Honoring Notable West Enders of Irish Descent

As part of Irish Heritage Month, The West End Museum is once again celebrating notable West Enders of Irish descent. On Tuesday, March 14, the Museum will host its Irish Heritage Honoree Night from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. This year’s honorees are Read More…

Boston’s 1st Urban Renewal – New York Streets at West End Museum

Prior to the demolition of Boston’s old West End, another vibrant, multi-ethnic neighborhood of tenement houses and mom-and-pop shops fell victim to so-called ‘urban renewal.’ From February 21 through Fall 2017, The West End Museum hosts The New York Streets: Boston’s First Urban Renewal Project, a new exhibit that tells the story of this lost Read More…

New Exhibit Reveals Urban Renewal Origin Story

With the modern-day 24-hour news cycle, it’s hard to believe that we once relied on daily newspapers to deliver word of current events. But so it was in 1948, when one of the most infamous—and totally inaccurate—headlines of the day broke. A new exhibit at The West End Museum highlights that headline, the post-WWII national housing Read More…

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Exhibition: The New West Enders & Other Green Monsters

January 6 through February 28, 2015 Reception: Thursday, January 15 at 5:30 p.m @ The West End Museum Pre-registration is required for the reception. Registration is free. Register for this event >> With images by photographer Lolita Parker, Jr., The New West Enders & Other Green Monsters documents the rapid-fire changes in Boston’s West End Read More…

Community People

Duane Lucia Named West End Museum Board President

Local historian, community organizer and arts aficionado Duane Lucia has been named President of The West End Museum Board of Directors. In his new role, Lucia will provide greater leadership in addition to his range of experience at the Museum and expertise on West End history and culture. Lucia served on the Board of The Read More…

Arts & Culture

Secret Club Helped 19th Century Boston Doctors

by Kim Whitaker In 19th century Boston, grave robbing was not what you might think. Many of those involved with digging up bodies were using the remains for medical research. Despite the ghoulish undertones, medical training was dependent on a regular supply of human organs necessary for students to practice performing dissections. They couldn’t do Read More…

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Exhibition: The Parkman – Webster Murder Case

The West End Museum presents a new exhibit that revisits 19th century’s most infamous murder, trial & execution. The 1849 murder of George Parkman in Boston stands as the most sensational case of its time, and the prosecution of John Webster is often described as the O.J. Simpson trial of the 19th century. This case Read More…

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Exhibition: Streets of the Industrial Era

Streets of the Industrial Era Where: The West End Museum, 150 Staniford Street When: Tuesday, August 13 – Saturday, October 5, 2013 Cost: Free Streets of the Industrial Era focuses on the history of the West End, particularly the streets in and around what is now known as the Bulfinch Triangle Historic District. This exhibit Read More…

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Jazz Week Boston — John Licata and the Guitar Titans at The West End Museum

When:            Saturday, April 28, 7:00pm – 9:00pm Where:           West End Museum, 150 Staniford Street,                        Suite 7, Boston, MA 02114 (map) Line-up:         Garrison Fewell (Guitar)                  Read More…

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Historical Preservation Tour Series Features Visits to Notable West End Sites

“The Preservation Movement Then and Now” (February 21 – May 12) Historical Preservation Tour Series Features Visits to Notable West End Sites The West End Museum presents a series of excursions related to The Preservation Movement Then and Now, an exhibit running at the Museum through May 12 in partnership with Historic New England. Four Read More…