February 2015


This winter seems to go on and on with no end in sight.  In the meantime, however, we can take our minds off the cold weather with some exciting happenings at The West End Museum!  We have a great new exhibition premiering today called Walls of Stone: The Leverett Street Jail.  It focuses on the oft-overlooked and controversial history of said jail during the 1800s.  A special reception for the show takes place on February 21st at 4pm.  Read more about our exhibit below and don't miss it!


Also in this newsletter, find out about our special guest, author David Kruh, and his upcoming talk and slide show on April 16th.  Mark your calendars for Always Something Doing & Scollay Square, a program on the evolving part of Boston where everyone went - but few admitted it!


One more time, The West End Museum would like to also thank everyone who took part in our Beatles 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend.  Whether you were able to attend all events or just one, and missed out on our Beatles Weekend T-shirts, they are still available in all sizes, but not for much longer! Click here if you wish to order a T-shirt.  They are available with a $25 donation to the Museum.

If you enjoy our upcoming roster of events, we hope you will consider becoming a West End Museum member. If you're already a member, please help us spread the word about supporting our ongoing mission to highlight the history and culture of the neighborhood for visitors and residents of our City alike. Corporate and individual members are always welcome (special rates for students and seniors) as are donations. Membership and donations are tax deductible, and members receive discounts on paid Museum programs.


Thank you and best wishes!




The Membership Team 


Exhibition: Walls of Stone: Leverett Street Jail

By Sue Minichiello


All but forgotten in the narratives of Boston and the West End, the Leverett Street Jail has an important story that merits examination and remembrance. From February 17 through April 18, a new exhibit in the Members Gallery of The West End Museum-Walls of Stone: The Leverett Street Jail-reveals a notable and controversial history. The show reception takes place on Saturday, February 21 from 4 to 6 p.m., when attendees can tour the exhibit and enjoy light refreshments. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.


"The Leverett Street Jail was the epicenter of some of the most contentious social and legal issues of the day," said Duane Lucia, West End Museum Board President and Curator. "Sadly,

its history has been eclipsed by the Charles Street Jail and the loss of Leverett Street to urban renewal."


Walls of Stone: The Leverett Street Jail explores the institution's connections to such hotbed issues as capital punishment, slavery and abolitionism, blasphemy, and women's rights. The Jail was infamous for overcrowding... 



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Talk: Always Something Doing & Scollay Square

On Thursday, April 16th at 6:30pm, author David Kruh will be presenting at The West End Museum.  Based on David Kruh's two books on Scollay Square (Always Something Doing and Scollay Square) this slide show describes the evolution of the part of Boston where everyone went - but few admitted it! From John Winthrop, (who settled here in 1630) to Sally Keith (who entertained here in the 1940s and 1950s) to Government Center today, this show will surprise you with tales of Revolutionary War heroism, scientific breakthroughs, and Civil War courage - all in the same place where a hot 

dog stand and a burlesque theater made truants of all New England. (Jack Thomas of the Boston Globe wrote that David has a "...a fascinating slide show...full of splendid anecdotes...")





Exhibit Reception!

Leverett Street Jail Reception
February 21st
Come visit The West End Musuem as we celebrate this intriguing exhibit on little known Leverett Street history!  Tour the exhibit while enjoying light refreshments. 

March Is Irish Heritage Month!

Look out for upcoming communications from us in March for The West End Museum's Irish Heritage month celebrations.  We have plenty of fun in store this year!


"The Last Tenement" Our Classic Exhibition

Our Classic Exhibition 
"The Last Tenement" exhibition, originally set up in 1992 at the Old State House by the Bostonian Society through a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities, was relocated to the West End Museum in 2006.  The exhibit documents the history of the West End during the immigrant era from 1850 to 1958 - its topographical history, its architecture, its nineteenth-century blooming as a desirable residential area, its evolution into a densely populated urban district of working-class immigrants and a small community of middle-class professionals and students over twenty different ethnic backgrounds. 



Give a West End Museum Membership in 2015!

A membership at the West End Museum provides a year's worth of program discounts and invites to member-only events.  Plus, you'll be the first to get our bimonthly newsletter! 


Your membership also helps the Museum fulfill its mission by providing exhibits to the public on a regular basis and maintaining access to its collections for research. It also assists in outreach programming, which increases and sustains the public's appreciation of an important American urban neighborhood.


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