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Lecture Series—Reflections on Boston’s West End: The Origins & Lessons of Urban Renewal

During the West End Museum’s closure due to COVID-19, no scheduled events will take place, regardless of their previous announcement. The Museum will do their best to reschedule all canceled events once they reopen. The West End Museum presents “Reflections on Boston’s West End: The Origins & Lessons of Urban Renewal,” a lecture series that Read More…

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Reflections on Boston’s West End Lecture Series: Urban Renewal & the People of the West End Demolition

The West End Museum is hosting a lecture series titled “Reflections on Boston’s West End: The Origins & Lessons of Urban Renewal.” The first talk in the series will be “Urban Renewal & the People of the West End Demolition” on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. $20 per lesson ($10 Read More…

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Book Talk: A History of African-American Cycling in Boston Feb. 22

The West End Museum is hosting author Lorenz Finison who will give a talk combining material from his first two books, Boston’s Cycling Craze and Boston’s 20th Century Bicycling Renaissance, on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Finison will discuss African-American cycling from tricycling and high wheel racers in the 1880s Read More…

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Vaudeville: Voice of the City

The West End Museum will be showing the documentary “Vaudeville: Voice of the City” on December 5 at 7 p.m. Vaudeville at the Old Howard Theatre grew out of early variety theater and minstrel shows. Tony Pastor would later coin the term and use it as a moniker for family entertainment. Much of vaudeville’s early Read More…

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West End Museum Exhibit “The Old Howard Theatre”

The West End Museum will premiere a new exhibit, “The Old Howard Theatre” on Tuesday, September 24 in celebration of Boston’s oldest playhouse, which once stood at the heart of Scollay Square. A show reception will take place on Thursday, October 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Concurrent programs—a film screening, an author talk, and an evening of Read More…

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West End Museum Exhibit Traces Political Moves that Led to Neighborhood’s Destruction

The West End Museum is hosting The Housing Act of 1949, a re-configured and updated exhibit that examines the path to the destruction of the Boston’s West End. It explores Democrat Harry S. Truman’s re-election in the face of a mounting housing demand, which prompted him to put urban renewal on the national agenda and set in Read More…

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Revisit the West End’s Demolition Through the Eyes of a Young Construction Worker

Join the West End Museum on Thursday, December 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. to hear a firsthand account of the demolition of the West End from Tom Hynes, an individual who spent his college summers working on the West End demolition team for Duane Wrecking. Hynes will speak about his memories—the sights, smells, Read More…

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An Evening with “Inside The Combat Zone” Author Stephanie Schorow

For many today, Boston’s Combat Zone is the stuff of legends. Barely a trace of the former red-light district remains, which may account for the endless fascination with the topic. The West End Museum aims to help satisfy the public’s appetite for tales of the bygone adult playground. On Tuesday, October 30, from 6:30 to Read More…