June 2016
Dear Friend of The West End Museum,

We hope you are enjoying the spring and looking forward to some hot fun in the summertime. We also hope your summer plans will include visits to the West End Museum
In this newsletter, we feature two interesting and exciting article s. The Saturday Evening Girls: A Legacy of Life Lessons & Artistry explores the legacy of a remarkable group of women of the North End and West End, many of them immigrants of Jewish and Italian heritage. The other article details a new documentary about original West Ender Leonard Nimoy, which is written and directed by his son, Adam.

We also cover our current exhibits, introduce our Instagram and invite you to learn about renting the Museum for private functions.
If you enjoy our communications, exhibits and events, we hope you'll 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.  

And remember to keep up and stay in touch with the Museum on our website and via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  
Thank you and best wishes!
The Membership Team  
The Saturday Evening Girls: 
A Legacy of Life Lessons & Artistry
By Susan Minichiello

Women of the SEG outside
Hull St. headquarters
The story of the Saturday Evening Girls (SEG) is a compelling tale of female empowerment that dates back to an age when life offered women limited opportunities. The women who founded and became members of the SEG--many of them immigrants of Jewish and Italian heritage--strengthened one another's lives through socialization, education and artistry that spawned self-esteem, leadership qualities and wage-earning skills.
"There's something magical about the Saturday Evening Girls that makes you want to tell their story," said Dr. Dorothy E. King, an assistant professor of Sociology at Penn State Harrisburg who is writing a book about the women of the SEG and their descendants. "It's a story that has to be told; the kind of thing we need to embrace today as it harkens back to a time when it didn't matter where you came from, but that you could go somewhere positive together."
What began in 1899 as a reading hour on Saturday nights in Boston's North End, grew to embrace women from surrounding neighborhoods like the West End and to publish a scholarly newsletter, host cultural performances and establish the Paul Revere Pottery.
According to the Museum of Fine Arts--which hosted an installation of SEG/Paul Revere Pottery works in 2006/2007--"Because of the design and color of the wares, and the reform-minded philosophy of the Pottery, products of the Saturday Evening Girls Club have become ... (continue reading here
image c ourtesy of University Archives and Special Collections,
Joseph P. Healey Library, University of Massachusetts Boston:
Barbara Maysles Kramer: Saturday Evening Girls papers
For the Love of Spock Honors
Original West Ender Leonard Nimoy
By Susan Minichiello
For_the_Love_of_Spock One of the West End's favorite sons, Leonard Nimoy, is being celebrated once again in a new film.
For the Love of Spock premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in April to critical and fan acclaim. According to the film's website, the documentary " celebrates the upcoming 50th Anniversary of Star Trek through a personal, intimate look at the life and career of Leonard Nimoy, and his alter-ego, Mr. Spock, as told by his son, Adam Nimoy."
For more than 45 years in television and film, Leonard played Mr. Spock, the renowned starship Enterprise's first officer and science officer of human-Vulcan descent. For the Love of Spock features never-before-seen home video and family photos and interviews with Zachary Quinto--who plays Spock in the new film series--along with TV series originals William Shatner and George Takei as well as J.J. Abrams, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Jim Parsons and others.
On June 2nd, the announcement circulated that For the Love of Spock will get a worldwide release with Gravitas Ventures. The film will ... (continue reading here)

image courtesy of scoop.previewsworld.com
Rent the Museum

Museum_event Did you know The West End Museum is available for functions like meetings, receptions, luncheons and lectures?

You can hold such events in our spacious main gallery and/or smaller permanent gallery surrounded by historic displays and artifacts.
The Museum can accommodate up to 50 people seated or 100 standing, and is ADA compliant. We are conveniently located near the TD Garden, Mass General Hospital, Beacon Hill and the Charles River, and close to the North Station and Science Park/West End MBTA stops. Rental includes ... (continue reading here)
The West End Museum on Instagram
Be sure to check out the The West End Museum on Instagram and start following @thewestendmuseum today!

Highlights include photos of Museum events and programs, artifacts and images on display, and happenings in the neighborhood and around Boston.

And please share your West End photos on your own Instagram using #WestEndMuseum.

Current Exhibits 

Between 1800 and 1975, no fewer than 20 schools called Boston's West End ho me. School Days in the West End recounts the neighborhood's exceptional history of education, which includes one of the first public high schools in America, the first building in the country raised to be a public school for African Americans and one of the first integrated schools in Boston.
J oin us in the Museum's Main Exhibit Hall to explore these academic milestones and learn about some of the West End's distinguished students and teachers.

In the Members Gallery, From Stagecoach to Subway: The West End Street Railway, explores the evolution of public transportation in Boston and highlights the West End's role. From 18th century ferries and stagecoaches to the establishment of the West End Street Railway Co. in 1887 to the creation of the MBTA in 1964; learn this fascinating tale of rising demand, financial and logistical challenges, and technological advancements. Exhibit artifacts include trolley tickets, stock certificates, conductor buttons, tokens, photos and original articles. 
Beatles 50th Anniversary T-Shirt
A $25 donation will get you a Beatles 50th Anniversary T-Shirt!*
$5.00 shipping & handling

Give the Gift of a West End Museum Membership in 2016

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  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.


To purchase a membership online, click here.
Support the West End Museum
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Now is a great time to donate. 

The Massachusetts Cultural Council has given us a $2500 grant and is matching donations to the museum for a period of two years!

Make a donation of any size today.  No amount is too small.
Private Events
The Museum also is the perfect setting to ho st  meetings, receptions, luncheons and lectures for up to 100 people.

Museum staff can customize a tour or present any of our virtual tours and presentations.

Learn more.
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