The West End Museum

The West End Museum We preserve and celebrate the history of Boston's West End through exhibits, events, and archive collections. We are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
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The West End Museum is a neighborhood museum located at 150 Staniford Street, in Boston, Massachusetts in a 4000 square foot space on the ground floor of West End Place (and Lomasney Way). The primary purpose of the West End Museum is to operate and maintain a neighborhood museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of the history and culture of the West End of Boston. The Museum acknowledges its role as an educational institution and a trustee of significant material culture. Exhibitions: "The Last Tenement" (permanent exhibit) http://thewestendmuseum.org/exhibitions/the-last-tenement/ Fall 2015 Exhibitions: Dewey Defeats Truman/The Housing Act of 1949 http://thewestendmuseum.org/mc-events/exhibition-dewey-defeats-trumanthe-housing-act-of-1949/ Indelebile Italia by Giselle Valdes http://thewestendmuseum.org/exhibitions/exhibition-indelebile-italia-by-giselle-valdes/

Mission: The primary purpose of The West End Museum is to operate and maintain a neighborhood museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the history and culture of the West End of Boston. The Museum acknowledges its role as an educational institution and a trustee of significant material culture. The West End Museum fulfills its mission by providing exhibits to the public on a regular basis, by providing access to its collections for research, and by providing a resource to the West End neighborhood for historical and cultural interests. It involves the public in its mission through outreach programming, neighborhood events, and educational programming in the school systems, thereby increasing and sustaining the public’s appreciation of an important American urban neighborhood from the 17th century to the present day.

Operating as usual

Talking about presidents...President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) was one of the twentieth-century’s most iconic and infl...
11/09/2020

Talking about presidents...

President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) was one of the twentieth-century’s most iconic and influential presidents, and the Kennedy family’s deep connection to the state of Massachusetts is well-known. JFK’s connection to the #WestEnd, as a veteran, representative in Congress, and presidential candidate, was a significant part of his presence in #Boston.

Picture:
#JFK (find him!) at the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the West End House in 1946 (The West End Museum Archive)

#johnfkennedy #Westendhistory #HistoricBoston #Bostonhistory #Bostonneighborhoods #oldboston #Oldschoolboston #president

It's nice to see so many familiar faces commenting in our posts!  Here are some other faces that people who lived in the...
11/04/2020

It's nice to see so many familiar faces commenting in our posts! Here are some other faces that people who lived in the West End back in the day might recognize.

Groceries of Martignetti Grocery Co. on Salem Street in the North End (picture taken in 1933). Today, the Martignetti Co. (@martignettiws) is the leading distributor of wines and spirits in New England and the 7th largest in the States.

#oldboston #bostonwestend #bostonnorthend #vintageboston #roadtosuccess #historyboston #Bostonhistory #historicboston #Newenglandwine #winecompany Martignetti Companies

Before the Boston’s Urban Renewal Program in 1958 and 1960, the West End Boston was “the greatest neighborhood this side...
11/02/2020

Before the Boston’s Urban Renewal Program in 1958 and 1960, the West End Boston was “the greatest neighborhood this side of heaven,” with a diverse community, a unique culture, and places of historical significance.

Hopefully by looking at the past we can rethink our neighborhood's future.

Pic 1: Children ran on Blossom St.
Pic 2: Two women on a sidewalk.

For more information about the history of this neighborhood check https://thewestendmuseum.org/ or come visit us at The West End Museum, 150 Staniford Street, Suite 7 Boston, MA 02114.

#boston #westendboston #westendmusem #history #bostonpeople #historicboston #Bostonhistory #Oldboston #Oldwestend #Bostonneighborhood

Snow shoveling days are coming!  Can anyone identify where this picture was taken? Stay warm!#Snowday #WestendBoston #Bo...
10/30/2020

Snow shoveling days are coming! Can anyone identify where this picture was taken? Stay warm!

#Snowday #WestendBoston #Bostonwestend #oldboston #Lostboston #Oldwestend #snowshovelling #oldphotograph

Today resharing this pic of the Longfellow bridge c. 1963 from the Facebook Group Lost Boston."Originally known as the W...
10/28/2020

Today resharing this pic of the Longfellow bridge c. 1963 from the Facebook Group Lost Boston.

"Originally known as the West Boston or Cambridge Bridge, it was built in 1900 and spans the Charles River, connecting the cities of Cambridge and Boston at Cambridge Street, now known as Charles Circle. This c. 1963 photograph shows the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Charles Street Jail in the distance and the Registry of Motor Vehicles Building on Nashua Street on the left. James Jackson Storrow said that the Charles River Basin was “one of the noblest pieces of city planning in the world.”
The West Boston or Cambridge Bridge was renamed the Longfellow Bridge in 1927, by the Massachusetts General Court to honor Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who had written about the predecessor West Boston Bridge in his 1845 poem "The Bridge." "

Pic shared originally by Frank Norton.

#oldtimes #LostBoston #OldBoston #Oldschoolboston #HistoricBoston #Bostonbridges #BostonArchitecture #OldWestEnd #WestEndBoston #BostonHistory

The West End can be just as spooky as it can be homely... Ever heard of John Webster? His prosecution is often thought o...
10/26/2020

The West End can be just as spooky as it can be homely...

Ever heard of John Webster? His prosecution is often thought of as the "#OJSimpson trial" of the West End. On Friday, August 30th, he was hanged in Leverett Street Jail for the murder of George Parkman-- a well known businessman in Boston.

One of the scariest parts of this case was... Webster was the head of the #Harvard Chemistry Department, he could have been someone you knew ! A halloween moral from the West End: You never really know who you is right next to you at this very moment.
To learn more about Parkman's gruesome murder, Stay tuned! and make sure to visit us at the West End Museum for #Halloween2020!
We're sure to fill your visit with thrills enough to forgo your planned #netflix binge.

#WestendBoston #Spookymuseum #Westendstories #Bostonhistory #Bostonscarystories #HistoricBoston #Bostonhaloween

Peak into the Pinto’s Bakery!!Located  at Leverett and Causeway Street, this picture from 1950 pictures John and Rose Pi...
10/21/2020

Peak into the Pinto’s Bakery!!
Located at Leverett and Causeway Street, this picture from 1950 pictures John and Rose Pinto.

Image donated by Pinto family.

#bostonwestend #westenders #westendboston #historicboston #tbt #throwback #oldboston #lostBoston #localbusiness #urbanrenewal

Ever heard of The Boston & Lowell Railroads? One of the first railroads in North America, was established in 1835, becam...
10/19/2020

Ever heard of The Boston & Lowell Railroads? One of the first railroads in North America, was established in 1835, became the first major railway in the United States.

The original Boston terminal was on Lowell Street, then moved down to Lowell-crossed-Causeway corner, then again to the north corner of Causeway Street, which now is the westernmost edge of the North Station.

By 1887, B&L Railroads had five divisions – the Southern Division (Boston - Lowell), the Northern Division (Boston - Montreal), the White Mountains Division, the Vermont Division, and the Passumpsic Division.

However, due to the growth of the automobile industry in the early 20th century, the railways were sold to MBTA in 1973 and later to Amtrak in 1986, which remain until today.

#massachusetts #boston #bostonhistory #bostontransportation #westendboston #westendmusem #railroad #railway #bostonandlowellrailroads #publictransport #history #mbta #amtrak #northstation #bostontrainstation #bostontrainshistory

The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first all-black volunteer regiment of the Civil War, formed in Massachuse...
10/15/2020

The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first all-black volunteer regiment of the Civil War, formed in Massachusetts in 1863.

One of the early recruiting offices stood at the intersection of Cambridge and North Russell Streets in the West End.

Twenty-five men enlisted immediately. Boston alone, however, could not provide the 1,000 men needed to fill the regiment, so more African American volunteers followed from areas throughout Massachusetts and the Northeast.

The 54th’s story was made famous in the 1989 film, “Glory,” starring Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick, and Morgan Freeman. Washington won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his role.

#bostonhistory #glorymovie #historicboston #civilwarhistory #bostonwestend #WestEndBoston #massachusetts #BLM #AfricanAmericanHistory #blackhistory

Just because something has disappeared, doesn't mean that there was no value in it! We can say the same for the old West...
10/12/2020

Just because something has disappeared, doesn't mean that there was no value in it!

We can say the same for the old West End. We are sure that all of our posts so far give you an idea as to how much the West End and its history has connected and enlightened the people in Massachusetts.

You want to know what the good news is? We can do it all over again! We always have the power to develop a sense of community and be there for each other! Let the stories of the old West End and its former residents inspire you to learn more about your own community and give back!

Stay tuned to know what we are talking about :). You are going to love the stories we have to share!

#Bostonhistory #WestendBoston #Bostonwestend #Historicboston #BostonNeighbors

A big transformation!Pictures of Adams Square (1879-1963), before (1962) and after (1965 - 1967) Urban Renewal. In the e...
10/06/2020

A big transformation!
Pictures of Adams Square (1879-1963), before (1962) and after (1965 - 1967) Urban Renewal.

In the early stage, the square was part of a thriving retail district where a status of the Patriot and statesman Samuel Adams was built.
After Urban Renewal, this area has become Boston city hall

City of Boston #usa #massachusetts #boston #westendboston #BostonWestend #Bostonhistory #cityscape #urbanrenewal #adamssquare #samueladams #bostoncityhall

There are still more spots available for our first #walkingtours "Walk and Learn" TOMORROW at 1:00PM!Click here to regis...
10/02/2020

There are still more spots available for our first #walkingtours "Walk and Learn" TOMORROW at 1:00PM!

Click here to register!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walk-and-learn-exploring-the-west-ends-origins-destruction-legacy-tickets-122424203087

Registrants will receive a series of photos to view on their phones during the tour, which will enable visual comparisons between the West End of today and of the past.

Our your guide, Historian Jim Briand will tie the locations to different aspects of the neighborhood’s history, including its origins and transformation from an elite neighborhood into a tenement district; the influx of Jewish, Italian, and Southern European immigrants; and the family experience.

Picture Credits:
Otis House; to right – West End Library/Old West Church
Creative Commons Boston, 2 Lynde Street, Harrison Gray Otis House ca. 1865–1914 by Frank Cousins; used under CC

It's World smile day!😁 Thinking about bringing a little smile to your faces the West End Museum is bringing you some cal...
10/02/2020

It's World smile day!😁 Thinking about bringing a little smile to your faces the West End Museum is bringing you some calendar wallpapers for this month with beautiful pics of our neighborhood, to put on your computer or phone.

Get in this link to download them now!
http://ow.ly/zQqv50BHH1b

And don't forget to smile today! 😊

#WestEndBoston #BostonWestEnd #Calendar #October #WelcomeOctober #Worldsmileday

Four historical walking tours mark The West End Museum’s first in-person programming since the onset of the pandemic! Th...
10/01/2020

Four historical walking tours mark The West End Museum’s first in-person programming since the onset of the pandemic!

The “Walk and Learn” excursions, led by local historian Jim Briand, will reveal the story of the neighborhood’s demolition under urban renewal with stops at five buildings spared from the wrecking ball.

Two tours will be held per day on October 3 and October 17, departing from the Museum at 10AM and 1PM each day.

Advance registration is required via Eventbrite and is limited to six participants to ensure social distancing.
Click here to register
http://ow.ly/4hty50BGRDv

Cost is $15 for non-Museum
members; $5 for members.

Interested parties can become Museum members immediately at http://ow.ly/H38o50BGRDt.

Picture credits:
Family Walking to St. Joseph's Church, 1962
During West End Urban Renewal Project; Courtesy West End Museum Archives – Charles Frani Collection

The few buildings that remain from the West End are a treasure for old and new West Enders. An example of this is the Wi...
09/28/2020

The few buildings that remain from the West End are a treasure for old and new West Enders.

An example of this is the Winchell Elementary School. This school served as the primary school for the children of the West End. Built in 1884, it was designed by Arthur H. Vinal, known for the Romanesque revival style of architecture. Now, the building is currently owned by the Massachusetts General Hospital; which allowed it to become one of the historic structures to survive Urban Renewal.

Unfortunately, it has recently been listed to be demolished with two others as part of the hospital’s planned $1 billion expansion of its Cambridge Street campus. Last time the West End had to go through demolition for the common good it was a traumatic experience that many West Enders didn't recover from.

We hope that the West End community and MGH can find a solution that preserves our shared history while providing the medical facilities our city needs. The stories of the West End serve to teach, enlighten and thrive in our already historic state.

#historicboston #Bostonhistory #EPH #MGH #Westendboston #preservation #Urbanrenewal #BostonWestend

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09/24/2020

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Boston Garden, Green Line, T, E Street (1980s)

What can I do to help the West End Museum?A review is a great way to help our Museum! it lets others know what we are ab...
09/23/2020

What can I do to help the West End Museum?
A review is a great way to help our Museum! it lets others know what we are about and it's an invitation for others to come visit.

If you have ever visited our Museum or are a regular visitor please remember to leave a review!!
You can do it on Google maps, facebook or Yelp.

#Museumreview #WestendBoston #BostonWestend #Oldboston #Bostonhistory

Is the official start of fall today!Goodbye summer and  and hello to apple picking, leaves changing color and pumpkin sp...
09/22/2020

Is the official start of fall today!
Goodbye summer and and hello to apple picking, leaves changing color and pumpkin spiced everything! Fall is officially here and we are really feeling it today!
Stay warm everyone!

Here a picture of the Longfellow bridge taken during last year's fall.
#Welcomefall #Fallequinox #Fallweather #fallvibes #WestendBoston #Bostonwestend #longfellowbridge

Although Oktoberfest is cancelled, there is no reason to not enjoy a cold beer! For instance, you might like trying the ...
09/19/2020

Although Oktoberfest is cancelled, there is no reason to not enjoy a cold beer! For instance, you might like trying the Night Shift Steinbier! It's bright and deliciously orange color and white head make for, as described on @HoppyBoston "a nice mixture of rich malts and noble hops". Give it a go at the local brewery @NightShiftBrewing right at Lovejoy Wharf in the West End and celebrate Oktoberfest while social distancing.
Drink safely!

Pictures from Night shift brewing

#oktoberfest #Localbusiness #supportlocal #septembervibes #weekendvibes #WestendBoston #BostonWestEnd

Today is the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, a Jewish holiday known by many as "The  jewish New Year". Given the background ...
09/18/2020

Today is the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, a Jewish holiday known by many as "The jewish New Year". Given the background of our neighborhood and how much the Jewish community gave to Boston's West End we cannot let this day pass without saying... Shaná tová!

To learn more about the West End's Jewish population, come visit us at the museum!

Picture from
www.freepik.com

Do you want to help make a change in your neighborhood? Start by filling out the #2020Census. The Census impacts funding...
09/17/2020

Do you want to help make a change in your neighborhood? Start by filling out the #2020Census. The Census impacts funding for local services, how voting districts are shaped, and the number of voices meant to represent you. Visit https://my2020census.gov/or call 844-330-2020 TODAY.

September is Underground Railroad month! We think that it's important to talk about the Old West Church. The original Co...
09/16/2020

September is Underground Railroad month! We think that it's important to talk about the Old West Church.

The original Congregationalist church in Cambridge street joined the Old West Church in 1747.
The pastor, Jonathan Mahey, has a history to speaking up about the injustices of the world. He was especially vocal of the faults of the Stamp Act and filled his sermons with calls of liberty. The ministers Charles Lowell and Cyrus Bartol continued to grow the atmosphere of social justice, fighting the abolitionist cause.

Together they put a stop to segregated seating in the church. Also, before , Old West Church was an Underground Railroad safe house before the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation. If anything this shows that the path to justice has to start with us, the everyday citizens.

To learn more about the Old West Church and other similar places, make sure to visit us at the museum!
#Bostonhistory #historicboston #slavery #racialjustice #undergroundrailroad #Bostonwestend #WestendBoston #Blacklivesmatter

Get your coloring pencils ready! Today is national coloring day and to celebrate we put together a set of coloring pages...
09/14/2020

Get your coloring pencils ready! Today is national coloring day and to celebrate we put together a set of coloring pages based on our current exhibits. “Learned from our neighbors” and “Cycling legends of the West End”. Take some time to relax today, get your crayons, colors or markers get the creative juices flowing.
#nationalcoloringday #coloringpages #westendboston #evawhittingwhite #eph #elizabethpeabodyhouse #annielondonderry #vintagebicycle #pennyfarthing

And keeping with the #backtoschool thematic, for our #Throwbackthursday  we bring you the West End House junior varsity ...
09/10/2020

And keeping with the #backtoschool thematic, for our #Throwbackthursday we bring you the West End House junior varsity basketball team 1948-49.
Do you see any familiar/famous faces? our beloved Leonard Nimoy was the team manager!
How are sports going to look in schools during these times?

#backtoschoolweek #backtoclasses #oldschoolboston #Bostonhistory #BostonWestend #WestendBoston #Leonardnimoy #Startrek #MrSpock #oldbasketballteam #precovidtimes #TBT #Westendhouse

Continuing with the story of the first African American  public school in the US... The work of #PrimusHall was such an ...
09/09/2020

Continuing with the story of the first African American public school in the US...

The work of #PrimusHall was such an inspiration that it started to gain a lot of attention! The "African School" was relocated at the corner of Smith Court and renamed the #AbielSmithSchool, after white philanthropist Abiel Smith, who donated $4000 to the institution.

By 1835, all African American children in Boston where part of this school.

In spite of all of this efforts and the inspiring beginnings of the school, it failed the general public because of a lack of consideration to the quality of education and teachers by the Boston School Committee and racism and corporal punishment coming from the school's staff.

While this story doesn't have a happy ending, it reminds us of the constant and never ending struggle for equal education and the battle against racism... #westendboston #bostonhistory #historicboston #blacklivesmatter #africanamericanhistory #Backtoschoolweek

With many children going back to school this week we wanted to share the story of one of the first schools in our neighb...
09/08/2020

With many children going back to school this week we wanted to share the story of one of the first schools in our neighborhood.

Did you know that the first African American public school in the United States was located in the West End?

Prince Hall's son, Primus Hall opened the school in his home's basement as an attempt to make up for his father's unsuccessful petition for the equal access of public education in Massachusetts.

Known as the African School, it started with 20 students at the basement of the African Meeting house but grew to 60 with funding from the community. Years later, the town began to contribute to the school.

It is due to that reason this school is seen as an inspiration to seek education for all--a fight that rings on till this day.

Another reason that we should keep the history of the West End alive; to inspire us in the time of need! Stay tuned to learn more about what happened to this school!

Picture from MHS collection
#Bostonhistory #Historicboston #blacklivesmatter #Westendboston #education #educationforall

Address

150 Staniford St
Boston, MA
02114

5-Minute Walk from North Station & Bowdoin; Less than 10 Minutes from Science Park/West End & Haymarket

Opening Hours

Tuesday 12:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 17:00
Thursday 12:00 - 17:00
Friday 12:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 16:00

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The West End Museum is a neighborhood museum located at 150 Staniford Street in Boston on the ground floor of West End Place (entrance on Lomasney Way across from the North Station Garage). Run entirely by volunteers, The West End Museum is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the history and culture of Boston’s West End neighborhood.

The West End is known nationally to generations of students of urban planning and sociology as a textbook example of urban renewal gone wrong. The lessons learned from the razing of the neighborhood have instructed city planners and spurred neighborhood activists to cope more successfully with urban challenges. Hours: Tuesday - Friday 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Saturday 11:00am - 4:00pm Admission is free; a donation of $5 per person is requested for groups of 10 or more. Permanent Exhibit – The Last Tenement: Originally established in 1992 at the Old State House by the Bostonian Society, through a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Last Tenement relocated to The West End Museum in 2006. It is now permanently housed in its own dedicated 1,100 square-foot gallery space. The exhibit documents the history and culture of Boston’s West End during the immigrant era from 1850 through its decimation under urban renewal in the late 1950s. http://thewestendmuseum.org/events/exhibition-the-last-tenement/ Current Exhibits: https://thewestendmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibits/

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I'm sorry I don't know how to share this story that was just posted, so I copied the first few paragraphs. This will be great publicity for the Museum if you can get involved somehow. Everyone interested should make sure the monument is located in a prominent place in the West End Proposed West End Monument Would Pay Tribute to Former Neighborhood Resident Leonard Nimoy by Dan Murphy • October 21, 2020 • 0 Comments A monument proposed for the West End would pay tribute to one of the neighborhood’s favorite sons, Leonard Nimoy, while also honoring Mr. Spock – the character he immortalized on “Star Trek” and whose signature Vulcan hand salutation (along with its accompanying spoken expression of well-wishing, “Live Long and Prosper”) ranks among the most indelible and instantly recognizable images from the classic 1960s TV series. Like many Bostonians, Tom Stocker, the artist and Northampton Street resident who is spearheading the effort, was unaware of the actor’s connection to the city before viewing “Leonard Nimoy’s Boston” – a half-hour special that first aired on WGBH-TV in 2014 in which Nimoy, accompanied by his filmmaker son, Adam, returned to his native city to reminisce about growing up in the old West End as the son of Jewish immigrants from Ukraine. In fact, his ties to the city ran so deep that Nimoy, who died in February of 2015 at age 83, revealed in his autobiography “I Am Not Spock,” that he based the Vulcan salutation, which comprises a raised hand with the palm forward and thumb extended while the middle and ring fingers are parted, on a rabbinical blessing he saw performed during a religious service at an Orthodox synagogue he accompanied his grandfather to as a boy.
This is a photo shared by Barbara Santosuosso. Her father Joseph Berlandi was a Rep for Ward 3. Seated at the head table.
Does anyone have pictures or memories of Klaman's Deli? Walter Klaman was my Great Grandfather.
My mom and her sisters were born and raised in the West End about 1910-1940. When I was a small child, she took me several times to see the destruction of the neighborhood that she had loved.
Survey question from Boston's West End Civic Association: "Is a neighborhood public elementary school a priority for the West End?" Please share!
Survey question from Boston's West End Civic Association: "Is a neighborhood public elementary school a priority for the West End?" Please share!
Please share your opinion with Boston's West End Civic Association on this question!
LOVED LIVING THERE
I just found this page and it was excited to see. My family all grew up in The West End on Leverett st. All of my Ruma family isn't with me anymore to hear the great stories of this Historical area. So finding this page was great. I have some pics of my father when he was in the Romans club with all the guys from the neighborhood. Amazing....
Barbara Livingstone I have such amazing memories of the neighborhood, the people the community. visiting my father at his restaurant "Lazaro's" as a child and the nephew of the original owner, many years later, was a customer at my family's restaurant. talk about full circle! Saturday at the North End shopping with my grandmother. the horses lined up, huge work horses (I was only 5 ) that had pulled those wagons from Concord, Billerica, Tewksbury and where ever farms were growing produce for sale at the market. May processions at Saint Joseph School and Church. dance classes at Elizabeth Peabody House. Summer at Camp Gannett!