Transportation

“From Stagecoach to Subway” Exhibit at the West End Museum

News on a new exhibit at the West End Museum, 150 Staniford Street: New Exhibit Explores History of Public Transportation in Boston; Reveals West End’s Role as Early Transit Hub Public transportation has shaped life in Boston and its neighborhoods since the first English settlers arrived in the early 17th century. Its evolution over the 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…

People

Susan Hanson Named West End Museum President

History aficionado Dr. Susan Hanson, whose experience in U.S. museums includes positions at the Smithsonian Institution and history projects in seven states, has been named President of The West End Museum Board of Directors. She aims to increase the Museum’s public offerings, stabilize its finances and increase its visibility within Metro Boston and throughout New Read More…

Event Notices

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…

Commentaries Community

Downtown View: More Than Destruction at This Museum

So you think you know all about the West End—how perfectly good brick buildings were leveled, how thousands of people were expelled, how streets were plowed away and the Rappaports made a killing. But that’s not the West End’s only story. There’s a little museum on Lomasney Way just a few steps northeast 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…

Event Notices

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…