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/

Operating as usual

Another day, another memory of the West End. Pictured here is the fire in the Crawford house Hotel fire in 1948. This ho...
05/24/2021

Another day, another memory of the West End. Pictured here is the fire in the Crawford house Hotel fire in 1948. This hotel in Scollay square (what we now know as City hall plaza), was for a time among the leading hotels in the city. After the fire the Hotel closed permanently but their theater was kept open up until they cleared Scollay Square to make way for the new City hall Plaza.

#BostonWestend #WestEndBoston #OldBoston #Lostboston #WestendMuseum #CityHall #Urbanrenewal

Another day, another memory of the West End. Pictured here is the fire in the Crawford house Hotel fire in 1948. This hotel in Scollay square (what we now know as City hall plaza), was for a time among the leading hotels in the city. After the fire the Hotel closed permanently but their theater was kept open up until they cleared Scollay Square to make way for the new City hall Plaza.

#BostonWestend #WestEndBoston #OldBoston #Lostboston #WestendMuseum #CityHall #Urbanrenewal

To accommodate increasing attendance, The West End #Museum is now opening Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., in addition...
05/21/2021

To accommodate increasing attendance, The West End #Museum is now opening Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., in addition to Thursdays and Fridays, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

“We’re seeing more people coming to the museum, especially interested in our new exhibit on settlement life in the West End,” said Museum Dir. Sebastian Belfanti.

The exhibit, “Learned From Our Neighbors: Stories from the Elizabeth Peabody House,” is a partnership with Simmons University and Boston City Archives.

A team of students created the exhibit from the papers of pioneering social worker and Simmons University alumna, Eva Whiting White. White ran the Peabody House from 1909 to 1944. Opened in 1896, the Peabody House was one of Boston’s first settlement houses for the city’s poor and immigrant population. It offered early childhood education, social services, clubs and more.

The West End Museum is also running several #online and #inperson programs this spring and summer. For more information, visit www.thewestendmuseum.org.

#Boston #Bostonwestend #Westendboston #Bostonhistory

To accommodate increasing attendance, The West End #Museum is now opening Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., in addition to Thursdays and Fridays, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

“We’re seeing more people coming to the museum, especially interested in our new exhibit on settlement life in the West End,” said Museum Dir. Sebastian Belfanti.

The exhibit, “Learned From Our Neighbors: Stories from the Elizabeth Peabody House,” is a partnership with Simmons University and Boston City Archives.

A team of students created the exhibit from the papers of pioneering social worker and Simmons University alumna, Eva Whiting White. White ran the Peabody House from 1909 to 1944. Opened in 1896, the Peabody House was one of Boston’s first settlement houses for the city’s poor and immigrant population. It offered early childhood education, social services, clubs and more.

The West End Museum is also running several #online and #inperson programs this spring and summer. For more information, visit www.thewestendmuseum.org.

#Boston #Bostonwestend #Westendboston #Bostonhistory

The Charles Street Jail, also known as the Suffolk County Jail, is a place filled to the brim with stories. Built betwee...
05/20/2021

The Charles Street Jail, also known as the Suffolk County Jail, is a place filled to the brim with stories. Built between the years of 1848 and 1851 by the famous architect Gridley James Fox Bryant, it's held such famous inmates as Sacco and Vanzetti, Malcolm X and John White Webster. Interestingly enough, there used to be a sandwich shop called Buzzys next door, people would throw food over the wall for the inmates. The Charles Street Jail closed in 1990, and the building is now owned by Massachusetts General Hospital, have been converted into a 298-room luxury hotel. What are your thoughts/memories on the old Charles Street Jail? #westendboston #oldboston #bostonhistory #libertyhotel

Pic: Entrance, Suffolk County Jail, Charles Street.
MIT Archives.

The Charles Street Jail, also known as the Suffolk County Jail, is a place filled to the brim with stories. Built between the years of 1848 and 1851 by the famous architect Gridley James Fox Bryant, it's held such famous inmates as Sacco and Vanzetti, Malcolm X and John White Webster. Interestingly enough, there used to be a sandwich shop called Buzzys next door, people would throw food over the wall for the inmates. The Charles Street Jail closed in 1990, and the building is now owned by Massachusetts General Hospital, have been converted into a 298-room luxury hotel. What are your thoughts/memories on the old Charles Street Jail? #westendboston #oldboston #bostonhistory #libertyhotel

Pic: Entrance, Suffolk County Jail, Charles Street.
MIT Archives.

Charlesbank Outdoor Gymnasium, 1889 and 1910. This playground was fenced, parked, equipped with swings, ladders, see-saw...
05/18/2021

Charlesbank Outdoor Gymnasium, 1889 and 1910. This playground was fenced, parked, equipped with swings, ladders, see-saws, a one-fifth mile running track, a sand garden, and provided with wading, rowing, and bathing facilities, all free to the public.

#westendboston #westendmuseum #building #architecture #neighborhood #park #outdoors #gym #charlesriver

Mystery photo! This picture from our Frani collection 1961 seems to have been taken somewhere along the esplanade.(We ar...
05/17/2021

Mystery photo!
This picture from our Frani collection 1961 seems to have been taken somewhere along the esplanade.(We are not really sure). If you remember anything about this business let us know in the comments!
#oldboston #lostboston #bostonesplanade #bostonoldtimes #westendboston #Bostonwestend

Mystery photo!
This picture from our Frani collection 1961 seems to have been taken somewhere along the esplanade.(We are not really sure). If you remember anything about this business let us know in the comments!
#oldboston #lostboston #bostonesplanade #bostonoldtimes #westendboston #Bostonwestend

Papa's Café in the midst of Urban Renewal,  Leverett Street, July 19 1959.Boston City Archives#Oldboston #Lostboston #Bo...
05/12/2021

Papa's Café in the midst of Urban Renewal, Leverett Street, July 19 1959.
Boston City Archives
#Oldboston #Lostboston #BostonWestend #WestendBoston #Urbanrenewal #bostondevelopment #oldtimes

Papa's Café in the midst of Urban Renewal, Leverett Street, July 19 1959.
Boston City Archives
#Oldboston #Lostboston #BostonWestend #WestendBoston #Urbanrenewal #bostondevelopment #oldtimes

This talk by The West End Museum's President, Duane Lucia, will discuss Boston's first industrialized  power source - Ti...
05/12/2021

This talk by The West End Museum's President, Duane Lucia, will discuss Boston's first industrialized power source - Tidal Mills. The talk will also examine early efforts to dam part of the Charles River.

Get your tickets
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tidal-power-in-colonial-boston-talk-tickets-151989628069

#Museumtalks #westendboston #Westendmuseum #bostonhistory

This talk by The West End Museum's President, Duane Lucia, will discuss Boston's first industrialized power source - Tidal Mills. The talk will also examine early efforts to dam part of the Charles River.

Get your tickets
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tidal-power-in-colonial-boston-talk-tickets-151989628069

#Museumtalks #westendboston #Westendmuseum #bostonhistory

Get ready to participate of to our ONLINE seminar "Palaces for the People". This #seminar takes a look at #publicspaces ...
05/11/2021

Get ready to participate of to our ONLINE seminar "Palaces for the People". This #seminar takes a look at #publicspaces as essential spaces for democratic societies.

To learn more, please come attend our seminar, get your tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/democracys-front-porch-webinar-series-tickets-151819517263?fbclid=IwAR3nh4Xgj-Vap_UYFHSFtH-OPC1L8PWswiUqkFqNJhMwCjBf1QkadeuZW_k

We can't wait to see you!

Get ready to participate of to our ONLINE seminar "Palaces for the People". This #seminar takes a look at #publicspaces as essential spaces for democratic societies.

To learn more, please come attend our seminar, get your tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/democracys-front-porch-webinar-series-tickets-151819517263?fbclid=IwAR3nh4Xgj-Vap_UYFHSFtH-OPC1L8PWswiUqkFqNJhMwCjBf1QkadeuZW_k

We can't wait to see you!

05/11/2021

As we all know, the #WestEnd has a very important part to play in the history of Massachusetts and the United States as a nation. To see the ways in which the places and faces of our WestEnders have played out in history come visit our Museum.
We are open Tues and Fri from 12 to 5 pm.
#openmuseum #bostonhistory #Bostonwestend #Westendhistory #Westendboston #Urbanrenewal #Undergroundrailroad

This picture with us by Joe Cancellirieri shows the West end house basketball J.V Team. Recognize some faces?#WestendBos...
05/10/2021

This picture with us by Joe Cancellirieri shows the West end house basketball J.V Team.
Recognize some faces?

#WestendBoston #BostonWestend #Bostonbasketball #JVteam #Oldboston #Westendhouse #Lostboston

This picture with us by Joe Cancellirieri shows the West end house basketball J.V Team.
Recognize some faces?

#WestendBoston #BostonWestend #Bostonbasketball #JVteam #Oldboston #Westendhouse #Lostboston

Elizabeth Peabody House Kindergarten class 1941 during an outing in Franklin Park.It's #teacherappreciationweek ! And we...
05/07/2021

Elizabeth Peabody House Kindergarten class 1941 during an outing in Franklin Park.

It's #teacherappreciationweek ! And we can't let this week pass without thanking the Wonderful #EPH for all the Work done through the years, starting at the West End and continuing in Somerville up until now.

We would also like to thank all the teachers that come in contact with us and bring their students to learn about the History of the West End and of course the Teachers at #SimmonsUniversity that worked along their students on out latest exhibit "Learned from our Neighbors". THANK YOU!
Come visit us Today! We are OPEN 12pm to 5pm!

#westendboston #BostonWestend #Oldboston #Elizabethpeabodyhouse

Elizabeth Peabody House Kindergarten class 1941 during an outing in Franklin Park.

It's #teacherappreciationweek ! And we can't let this week pass without thanking the Wonderful #EPH for all the Work done through the years, starting at the West End and continuing in Somerville up until now.

We would also like to thank all the teachers that come in contact with us and bring their students to learn about the History of the West End and of course the Teachers at #SimmonsUniversity that worked along their students on out latest exhibit "Learned from our Neighbors". THANK YOU!
Come visit us Today! We are OPEN 12pm to 5pm!

#westendboston #BostonWestend #Oldboston #Elizabethpeabodyhouse

This is the Bowdoin Square Café in the 1940's. Does anyone know the exact location?  #WestendBoston #BostonWestend #Bowd...
05/06/2021

This is the Bowdoin Square Café in the 1940's. Does anyone know the exact location?

#WestendBoston #BostonWestend #BowdoinBoston #OldBoston #LostBoston.

This is the Bowdoin Square Café in the 1940's. Does anyone know the exact location?

#WestendBoston #BostonWestend #BowdoinBoston #OldBoston #LostBoston.

Our lovely West End in 1952. Central Artery ramp goes up-Boston Garden North station and the splendid Hotel Manger adorn...
05/03/2021

Our lovely West End in 1952. Central Artery ramp goes up-Boston Garden North station and the splendid Hotel Manger adorning the city landscape.

#WestendBoston #Bostonwestend #Oldboston #Lostboston #bostonbackintheday #Bostonbackintime

Our lovely West End in 1952. Central Artery ramp goes up-Boston Garden North station and the splendid Hotel Manger adorning the city landscape.

#WestendBoston #Bostonwestend #Oldboston #Lostboston #bostonbackintheday #Bostonbackintime

We found this picture this morning and we just had to share it! It's the Elizabeth Peabody School just like many former ...
04/29/2021

We found this picture this morning and we just had to share it!
It's the Elizabeth Peabody School just like many former WestEnders might remember it. The #EPH came later and it is still very much alive and going in Somerville and the old EPH is featured in our exhibit "Learned From our neighbors".

COME VISIT US, WE ARE OPEN Tues and Fri 12pm -5pm!
Learn more about the History of The West End of Boston.

Picture by Boston City Archives
#Bostonwestend #Westendboston #Oldboston #lostboston #Bostonmuseum #Westendmuseum
The Elizabeth Peabody House Association

We found this picture this morning and we just had to share it!
It's the Elizabeth Peabody School just like many former WestEnders might remember it. The #EPH came later and it is still very much alive and going in Somerville and the old EPH is featured in our exhibit "Learned From our neighbors".

COME VISIT US, WE ARE OPEN Tues and Fri 12pm -5pm!
Learn more about the History of The West End of Boston.

Picture by Boston City Archives
#Bostonwestend #Westendboston #Oldboston #lostboston #Bostonmuseum #Westendmuseum
The Elizabeth Peabody House Association

Before and after! The Corner of Lowell (Now Lomasney way) and Causeway Streets.  Before picture by Boston City Archives ...
04/28/2021

Before and after! The Corner of Lowell (Now Lomasney way) and Causeway Streets.

Before picture by Boston City Archives May 22 1912.
After picture from Google maps.

Today back in 1964 #Celtics #NBA #Basketball #Sportshistory #bostoceltics🏀
04/27/2021

Today back in 1964
#Celtics #NBA #Basketball #Sportshistory #bostoceltics🏀

Today back in 1964
#Celtics #NBA #Basketball #Sportshistory #bostoceltics🏀

NEW WEBINAR!Wentworth University Professor Emeritus Lois Ascher leads a three-part #webinar on the importance of urban #...
04/27/2021

NEW WEBINAR!
Wentworth University Professor Emeritus Lois Ascher leads a three-part #webinar on the importance of urban #publicspace, exploring four of Boston’s most treasured spots.

“Public space is democracy’s front porch,” Ascher said. “It promotes the interaction of diverse people who might not otherwise encounter each other. When you interact in public space and with other people, a comfort level begins to emerge. Suddenly, you’re all part of the same community.”

GET YOUR TICKETS AT : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/democracys-front-porch-webinar-series-tickets-151819517263

Remember the West End Museum is Open Today. Come Visit us on Tuesdays and Fridays 12pm to 5pm!
04/27/2021

Remember the West End Museum is Open Today. Come Visit us on Tuesdays and Fridays 12pm to 5pm!

Remember the West End Museum is Open Today. Come Visit us on Tuesdays and Fridays 12pm to 5pm!

Oh to what a gift to be young and growing up in the Old West End! In this picture: Frankie Catalina, Jerry Levine , Sal ...
04/23/2021

Oh to what a gift to be young and growing up in the Old West End! In this picture: Frankie Catalina, Jerry Levine , Sal Gulla, Vinny Moscarololo and Johnny Fici.

Picture shared with us by: Frank P. Levine. Thanks for your contribution!

Remember we are open Tues and Fri from 12pm to 5pm. Our Current exhibit: "Learned from Our Neighbors: Stories from The Elizabeth Peabody House"
#WestEndBoston #BostonWestEnd #westendfriedns #WEM #ElizabethPeabodyHouse #EPH

Oh to what a gift to be young and growing up in the Old West End! In this picture: Frankie Catalina, Jerry Levine , Sal Gulla, Vinny Moscarololo and Johnny Fici.

Picture shared with us by: Frank P. Levine. Thanks for your contribution!

Remember we are open Tues and Fri from 12pm to 5pm. Our Current exhibit: "Learned from Our Neighbors: Stories from The Elizabeth Peabody House"
#WestEndBoston #BostonWestEnd #westendfriedns #WEM #ElizabethPeabodyHouse #EPH

Another one by Jody Troiano... Two unknown patrons in front of "Mikes" store on Barton Street. You can see Mike (Jody's ...
04/22/2021

Another one by Jody Troiano...
Two unknown patrons in front of "Mikes" store on Barton Street. You can see Mike (Jody's grandfather) in the back working at his frozen lemon ice stand.

We have heard he sold The Best Lemon ice in the West End! Any former patrons of this old West End Business here?

#oldboston #bostonoldtimes #WEM #Bostonwestend #Lostboston #Lostbutnotforgotten #Urbanrenewal #Thursdayvibes

Another one by Jody Troiano...
Two unknown patrons in front of "Mikes" store on Barton Street. You can see Mike (Jody's grandfather) in the back working at his frozen lemon ice stand.

We have heard he sold The Best Lemon ice in the West End! Any former patrons of this old West End Business here?

#oldboston #bostonoldtimes #WEM #Bostonwestend #Lostboston #Lostbutnotforgotten #Urbanrenewal #Thursdayvibes

The Science Club was just one way immigrant and city kids could get engaged at the Elizabeth Peabody Settlement House.  ...
04/20/2021

The Science Club was just one way immigrant and city kids could get engaged at the Elizabeth Peabody Settlement House. Check out the West End Museum's NEWEST exhibit, in collaboration with Simmons University !https://thewestendmuseum.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/WEM-Reopens-with-New-Exhibit-release-FINAL-2-2.pdf

The Science Club was just one way immigrant and city kids could get engaged at the Elizabeth Peabody Settlement House. Check out the West End Museum's NEWEST exhibit, in collaboration with Simmons University !https://thewestendmuseum.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/WEM-Reopens-with-New-Exhibit-release-FINAL-2-2.pdf

Recognize this view? It is Bowdoin Square looking south back in 1961 during times of #Urbanrenewal. How many of you can ...
04/20/2021

Recognize this view? It is Bowdoin Square looking south back in 1961 during times of #Urbanrenewal. How many of you can pinpoint this same area today?
This picture is part of the Frani Collection donated to the West End Museum.
#WEM #history #oldboston #Lostboston #bostonurbanrenewal #BostonWestend #WestendBoston

Recognize this view? It is Bowdoin Square looking south back in 1961 during times of #Urbanrenewal. How many of you can pinpoint this same area today?
This picture is part of the Frani Collection donated to the West End Museum.
#WEM #history #oldboston #Lostboston #bostonurbanrenewal #BostonWestend #WestendBoston

In remembrance of Scollay Square and its splendor. Although this street and building no longer exist, we were able to ob...
04/16/2021

In remembrance of Scollay Square and its splendor. Although this street and building no longer exist, we were able to obtain these images from the MIT archives. Like we said before, the history of the West End is always worth sharing today. So, if any of you have similar images to share, please do so on the comments or send to us directly! We would love to hear your own story of the West End. As always, make sure to visit our museum if you are interested in knowing more about the West End and its history! #BostonWestend #WestendBoston #MuseumBoston #oldBoston #lostboston #Urbanrenewal

In remembrance of Scollay Square and its splendor. Although this street and building no longer exist, we were able to obtain these images from the MIT archives. Like we said before, the history of the West End is always worth sharing today. So, if any of you have similar images to share, please do so on the comments or send to us directly! We would love to hear your own story of the West End. As always, make sure to visit our museum if you are interested in knowing more about the West End and its history! #BostonWestend #WestendBoston #MuseumBoston #oldBoston #lostboston #Urbanrenewal

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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
Friday 12:00 - 17:00

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(617) 723-2125

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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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Any plans to reopen, or are you already opened?
1946 Blackstone School. Sorry for the poor quality. My dad is back row white shirt and tie with pattern on it. #139.
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....