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.

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

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

Operating as usual

Michael ClementeTroiano (on the  far right ) the short woman with the white hair next to him is his wife Mary Troiano, t...
09/14/2021

Michael ClementeTroiano (on the far right ) the short woman with the white hair next to him is his wife Mary Troiano, they are standing at their store on Barton Street. " Mikes" named after Michael. He had a jukebox in the store and in the evenings many would come to dance in the street.
Photo sent by Jody Troiano.
And thanks again for the corrections and the patience!
#westendboston #bostonwestend #bostonhistory #urbanrenewal #oldboston #lostboston

Michael ClementeTroiano (on the far right ) the short woman with the white hair next to him is his wife Mary Troiano, they are standing at their store on Barton Street. " Mikes" named after Michael. He had a jukebox in the store and in the evenings many would come to dance in the street.
Photo sent by Jody Troiano.
And thanks again for the corrections and the patience!
#westendboston #bostonwestend #bostonhistory #urbanrenewal #oldboston #lostboston

Remember, we are Open today!12pm to 5pmCome take a look at the past.👀
09/14/2021

Remember, we are Open today!
12pm to 5pm
Come take a look at the past.👀

Remember, we are Open today!
12pm to 5pm
Come take a look at the past.👀

Another event coming up! TOMORROW:Sure, Boston is known for its chowder, Faneuil Hall, and Fenway Park. But did you know...
09/14/2021

Another event coming up! TOMORROW:
Sure, Boston is known for its chowder, Faneuil Hall, and Fenway Park. But did you know the city was also an international hub for burlesque and exotic dancing in the first half of the 20th century? Come learn the steamy details about Boston’s two adult entertainment districts, at a special presentation at The West End Museum.
PAY WHAT YOU WANT ADMISSION!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-talk-the-other-red-line-washington-st-scollay-sq-to-the-combat-zone-tickets-163391894555?aff=erelpanelorg

Another event coming up! TOMORROW:
Sure, Boston is known for its chowder, Faneuil Hall, and Fenway Park. But did you know the city was also an international hub for burlesque and exotic dancing in the first half of the 20th century? Come learn the steamy details about Boston’s two adult entertainment districts, at a special presentation at The West End Museum.
PAY WHAT YOU WANT ADMISSION!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-talk-the-other-red-line-washington-st-scollay-sq-to-the-combat-zone-tickets-163391894555?aff=erelpanelorg

''Special occasion''. Look at those smiles! People in the West End would pay 5 or 10 cents for a photo of their children...
09/10/2021

''Special occasion''.
Look at those smiles! People in the West End would pay 5 or 10 cents for a photo of their children on a pony (at a time when rent was $26 a month).

On the first photo Helen Georgaqui 1935.
Second photo Conrad Geller and Arthur Geller 1938.

#Westendboston #Bostonwestend #Oldboston #lostboston #bostonhistory #Westendneigborhood #Westendmuseum

Read all about it in the Beacon Hill Times! The WEM is celebrating Bay State Bike Month with its "Cycling Legends" exhib...
09/09/2021

Read all about it in the Beacon Hill Times! The WEM is celebrating Bay State Bike Month with its "Cycling Legends" exhibit & special programs. TONIGHT, 9/9, at 6:30, come learn about the West End mom of 3 who left on an around the world biking trip! https://beaconhilltimes.com/2021/09/08/the-west-end-museum-celebrates-bay-state-bike-month-on-sept-18/

Read all about it in the Beacon Hill Times! The WEM is celebrating Bay State Bike Month with its "Cycling Legends" exhibit & special programs. TONIGHT, 9/9, at 6:30, come learn about the West End mom of 3 who left on an around the world biking trip! https://beaconhilltimes.com/2021/09/08/the-west-end-museum-celebrates-bay-state-bike-month-on-sept-18/

ONLY A FEW HOURS AWAY!!!Join us to rediscover the story of Annie Cohen Kopchovsky, the young mother of three who in 1894...
09/09/2021

ONLY A FEW HOURS AWAY!!!
Join us to rediscover the story of Annie Cohen Kopchovsky, the young mother of three who in 1894 left from the West End on an around-the-world cycling trip.
#Bostonhistory #HistoricBoston #Cyclinglife #cyclinghistroy #Cyclinglegends #BostonWestend
There's still time to get yours TICKETS!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-talk-spin-a-novel-based-on-a-mostly-true-story-tickets-163647240301?aff=eemailordconf&utm_campaign=order_confirm&utm_medium=email&ref=eemailordconf&utm_source=eventbrite&utm_term=viewevent

ONLY A FEW HOURS AWAY!!!
Join us to rediscover the story of Annie Cohen Kopchovsky, the young mother of three who in 1894 left from the West End on an around-the-world cycling trip.
#Bostonhistory #HistoricBoston #Cyclinglife #cyclinghistroy #Cyclinglegends #BostonWestend
There's still time to get yours TICKETS!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-talk-spin-a-novel-based-on-a-mostly-true-story-tickets-163647240301?aff=eemailordconf&utm_campaign=order_confirm&utm_medium=email&ref=eemailordconf&utm_source=eventbrite&utm_term=viewevent

Shana Tova everyone! We wish all our Jewish followers a sweet new year. 🍎🍯Read more about the Jewish immigrants who shap...
09/07/2021

Shana Tova everyone!
We wish all our Jewish followers a sweet new year.
🍎🍯

Read more about the Jewish immigrants who shaped the West End Neighborhood. https://thewestendmuseum.org/history-of-the-west-end/immigrant-era/

#Bostonhistory #roshashana #WestendBoston #BostonWestEnd #oldboston #WestEndMuseum

Shana Tova everyone!
We wish all our Jewish followers a sweet new year.
🍎🍯

Read more about the Jewish immigrants who shaped the West End Neighborhood. https://thewestendmuseum.org/history-of-the-west-end/immigrant-era/

#Bostonhistory #roshashana #WestendBoston #BostonWestEnd #oldboston #WestEndMuseum

Get to Know al the details about this story in our Book talk event with Her great-grandnephew, author Peter Zheutlin. 😉T...
09/06/2021
The First Woman to Bicycle Around the World … Kind Of

Get to Know al the details about this story in our Book talk event with Her great-grandnephew, author Peter Zheutlin. 😉
This coming Thursday! Don't miss it!

Annie Londonderry gained infamy for being the first woman to bicycle around the world—all in only 15 months. But the story is a little more complicated than ...

Elevated Subway Station at Charles Street, with Kendall Square Area Visible Across Charles River. Can You guess the year...
09/01/2021

Elevated Subway Station at Charles Street, with Kendall Square Area Visible Across Charles River.
Can You guess the year?
#MBTA #OldBoston #LostBoston #OldMBta #Redline #Beaconhill #BostonWestend #WestEndBoston #Citylandscape

Elevated Subway Station at Charles Street, with Kendall Square Area Visible Across Charles River.
Can You guess the year?
#MBTA #OldBoston #LostBoston #OldMBta #Redline #Beaconhill #BostonWestend #WestEndBoston #Citylandscape

JOIN US TOMORROW at 1PM!Tours will focus on three West End buildings that survived urban renewal but are likely to be lo...
08/27/2021

JOIN US TOMORROW at 1PM!
Tours will focus on three West End buildings that survived urban renewal but are likely to be lost to development in 2021-2022: West End House, Winchell School, and one of the last original brick tenements.

History buff Jim Briand will explore the history of these buildings and what they tell us about education, immigrant assimilation, and day-to-day living in the tight confines of the old West End.

Get your tickets at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-old-west-end-bostons-lost-neighborhood-tickets-163396476259?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

JOIN US TOMORROW at 1PM!
Tours will focus on three West End buildings that survived urban renewal but are likely to be lost to development in 2021-2022: West End House, Winchell School, and one of the last original brick tenements.

History buff Jim Briand will explore the history of these buildings and what they tell us about education, immigrant assimilation, and day-to-day living in the tight confines of the old West End.

Get your tickets at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-old-west-end-bostons-lost-neighborhood-tickets-163396476259?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Another noteworthy gem of the West End, Patten's Restaurant was located at 41 Court Street, opposite U.S. Trust Company ...
08/24/2021

Another noteworthy gem of the West End, Patten's Restaurant was located at 41 Court Street, opposite U.S. Trust Company and City Hall Annex. In Scollay Square, it was advertised as a "New England Dining Tradition" as it was famous for its native New England dishes and uniquely Bostonian dishes such as the sliced egg and the potato chip salad. For desert, the restaurant served squash pie and a local favourite-- coffee jello. Places and traditions such as this restaurant only strengthen the significance of the West End and its mark on Boston history. It is truly a delectable piece of history to savour. To learn more of such places and stories, please do not hesitate to visit our museum or check out our archives online. We have a lot more to tell you!

Source: Anthony Sammarco
check out more of his work in his book "Boston's West End".

Another noteworthy gem of the West End, Patten's Restaurant was located at 41 Court Street, opposite U.S. Trust Company and City Hall Annex. In Scollay Square, it was advertised as a "New England Dining Tradition" as it was famous for its native New England dishes and uniquely Bostonian dishes such as the sliced egg and the potato chip salad. For desert, the restaurant served squash pie and a local favourite-- coffee jello. Places and traditions such as this restaurant only strengthen the significance of the West End and its mark on Boston history. It is truly a delectable piece of history to savour. To learn more of such places and stories, please do not hesitate to visit our museum or check out our archives online. We have a lot more to tell you!

Source: Anthony Sammarco
check out more of his work in his book "Boston's West End".

A NEW DATE!!! Did you know Boston was the hub of burlesque theater in the early 20th century?  Learn all the steamy deta...
08/18/2021

A NEW DATE!!! Did you know Boston was the hub of burlesque theater in the early 20th century? Learn all the steamy details in a FREE special program at The West End Museum on Sept. 15. Details at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-talk-the-other-red-line-washington-st-scollay-sq-to-the-combat-zone-tickets-163391894555?aff=press

A NEW DATE!!! Did you know Boston was the hub of burlesque theater in the early 20th century? Learn all the steamy details in a FREE special program at The West End Museum on Sept. 15. Details at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-talk-the-other-red-line-washington-st-scollay-sq-to-the-combat-zone-tickets-163391894555?aff=press

Our Cycling exhibit is back! “Cycling Legends of the West End,” focuses on three key characters in bicycling history; tw...
08/18/2021

Our Cycling exhibit is back!
“Cycling Legends of the West End,” focuses on three key characters in bicycling history; two residents and a long time physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. The invention of the bike, its popularization and innovations in the 1800’s to the craze of the 1890s and the renaissance of the 1970s are recounted through vintage bicycles, photographs, artifacts, and graphic panels.

Come visit us and learn all about these 3 important figures from the #WestEnd and check out the vintage Bicycles and artifacts on the Exhibit.!!

#Bostonwestend #WestendBoston #Bostonbikes #Bostoncycling #bostonbybike #Bostonhistory #Historicboston

Our Cycling exhibit is back!
“Cycling Legends of the West End,” focuses on three key characters in bicycling history; two residents and a long time physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. The invention of the bike, its popularization and innovations in the 1800’s to the craze of the 1890s and the renaissance of the 1970s are recounted through vintage bicycles, photographs, artifacts, and graphic panels.

Come visit us and learn all about these 3 important figures from the #WestEnd and check out the vintage Bicycles and artifacts on the Exhibit.!!

#Bostonwestend #WestendBoston #Bostonbikes #Bostoncycling #bostonbybike #Bostonhistory #Historicboston

The history of the West End is inseparable from the Boston we see today. Nothing shows this more than the story of the N...
08/16/2021

The history of the West End is inseparable from the Boston we see today. Nothing shows this more than the story of the North Station and its significance to the West Enders. This station was known as the "North Union Station" and it happened to be the joining point of four different railroads. The traffic in this station ranged from suburbs around Massachusetts and Boston and from places as far away as Maine and the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Canada. Just as the North Station serves us today, the North Union Station proved to be just as vital to the locals Before it was demolished replaced by the current North Station. We think it is never a bad time to remember the history and story of a building that we often take for granted.

#BostonWestend #WestendBoston #Lostboston #Oldboston #northstationboston #Bostontransportation

The history of the West End is inseparable from the Boston we see today. Nothing shows this more than the story of the North Station and its significance to the West Enders. This station was known as the "North Union Station" and it happened to be the joining point of four different railroads. The traffic in this station ranged from suburbs around Massachusetts and Boston and from places as far away as Maine and the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Canada. Just as the North Station serves us today, the North Union Station proved to be just as vital to the locals Before it was demolished replaced by the current North Station. We think it is never a bad time to remember the history and story of a building that we often take for granted.

#BostonWestend #WestendBoston #Lostboston #Oldboston #northstationboston #Bostontransportation

Renovations are done and we are ready to have you back this week! Come visit us and let us know what you think!😉#Bostonm...
08/16/2021

Renovations are done and we are ready to have you back this week!
Come visit us and let us know what you think!😉

#Bostonmuseum #museumboston #Westend #westendboston #Bostonwestend #VisitBoston #Bostonmuseum

Old West End over new West End! The door to this building on Merrimac st is now a window on the Boxer hotel (The Boxer )...
08/11/2021

Old West End over new West End!
The door to this building on Merrimac st is now a window on the Boxer hotel (The Boxer ).
We got to keep this one! But does anyone remember what it used to be?

Pictures from the Frani collection 1963.
#Boxerhotel #WestendBoston #BostonWestend #Oldboston #Lostboston #Bostonhistory #HistoricBoston #visitboston #exploreboston

Old MBTA Orange Line Elevated train along the old (1901-1975) elevated structure in front of the old Boston Garden durin...
08/10/2021

Old MBTA Orange Line Elevated train along the old (1901-1975) elevated structure in front of the old Boston Garden during the 1970s (the old MBTA Green Line Canal Street Loop and Station are underneath the elevated train.
#bostonhistory #bostonwestend #WestendBoston #oldmbta #lostboston #oldboston

Old MBTA Orange Line Elevated train along the old (1901-1975) elevated structure in front of the old Boston Garden during the 1970s (the old MBTA Green Line Canal Street Loop and Station are underneath the elevated train.
#bostonhistory #bostonwestend #WestendBoston #oldmbta #lostboston #oldboston

"One night in the summer of 1911, West Enders enjoyed a free concert on the Esplanade by the American Waltham Watch Comp...
08/10/2021

"One night in the summer of 1911, West Enders enjoyed a free concert on the Esplanade by the American Waltham Watch Company Band, one of the many in-house corporate bands performing at the turn of the twentieth century."

Read all about the "pop" concert that delighted West Enders 110 years ago! https://bit.ly/3lRZiXn

Pic 1 : Esplanade, c. 1910
(EN4-04 1326 Box16 no1089 rev-c1910)
Pic 2: Depiction of the Waltham Watch Company in the second half of the 19th century

#Bostonwestend #Westendboston #BostonPops #Esplanadeboston #Bostonhistory #historicBoston

The Museum will be closed this week for renovations. This is the first step in our larger renovation and exhibit update ...
08/09/2021

The Museum will be closed this week for renovations. This is the first step in our larger renovation and exhibit update plan, which you can read more about in our website.
https://thewestendmuseum.org/article/long-awaited-renovations-underway-at-west-end-museum/

We apologize for any inconvenience, and we'll back in action soon. Our first day re-opened will be Tuesday, August 17th.

The Museum will be closed this week for renovations. This is the first step in our larger renovation and exhibit update plan, which you can read more about in our website.
https://thewestendmuseum.org/article/long-awaited-renovations-underway-at-west-end-museum/

We apologize for any inconvenience, and we'll back in action soon. Our first day re-opened will be Tuesday, August 17th.

Let's admire the old Boston from above today🤓, in this picture we can see Boston's West End and business district from E...
08/04/2021

Let's admire the old Boston from above today🤓, in this picture we can see Boston's West End and business district from East Cambridge back in 1928.
Picture from Digital commonwealth

#BostonWestend #WestendBoston #bostonaerialview #Oldboston #Lostboston #Bostonpast #bostonbackintime #urbanrenewal #bostonurbanrenewal

Let's admire the old Boston from above today🤓, in this picture we can see Boston's West End and business district from East Cambridge back in 1928.
Picture from Digital commonwealth

#BostonWestend #WestendBoston #bostonaerialview #Oldboston #Lostboston #Bostonpast #bostonbackintime #urbanrenewal #bostonurbanrenewal

Street scene near Friend Street circa 1958Boston Housing Authority.#OldBoston #LostBoston #BostonWestend #urbanrenewal #...
08/02/2021

Street scene near Friend Street circa 1958
Boston Housing Authority.
#OldBoston #LostBoston #BostonWestend #urbanrenewal #WestendBoston #Gentrification #bostonhistory🧐 #historyboston

Street scene near Friend Street circa 1958
Boston Housing Authority.
#OldBoston #LostBoston #BostonWestend #urbanrenewal #WestendBoston #Gentrification #bostonhistory🧐 #historyboston

Sadly our event for today has been postponed. Please stay tuned to see when it will be re-scheduled. Thanks for your und...
07/28/2021

Sadly our event for today has been postponed. Please stay tuned to see when it will be re-scheduled.
Thanks for your understanding!

Sadly our event for today has been postponed. Please stay tuned to see when it will be re-scheduled.
Thanks for your understanding!

This is the Jail cell where Alber DeSalvo aka "The Boston Strangler" was held.  Back when the Liberty Hotel Boston was t...
07/28/2021

This is the Jail cell where Alber DeSalvo aka "The Boston Strangler" was held. Back when the Liberty Hotel Boston was the Charles Street Jail.

Picture by Derek Szabo
#OldBoston #Lostboston #Libertyhotel #Bostonoldcrime #Bostonoldtimes #WestEndBoston #Bostonwestend

This is the Jail cell where Alber DeSalvo aka "The Boston Strangler" was held. Back when the Liberty Hotel Boston was the Charles Street Jail.

Picture by Derek Szabo
#OldBoston #Lostboston #Libertyhotel #Bostonoldcrime #Bostonoldtimes #WestEndBoston #Bostonwestend

Photos from Alcott's post
07/28/2021

Photos from Alcott's post

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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

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Tuesday 12pm - 5pm
Friday 12pm - 5pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm

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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....