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Monday, January 14, 2013

BOSTON'S THE WEST END MUSEUM - January 15 - April 20, 2013

This is just a quick reminder that Connections North opens tomorrow. If you can't make it during the week, remember that we're also open on Saturdays, or you could come to the opening reception on Tuesday next week (Jan 22, 6:30-8pm). Both the exhibition and reception are free - it would be great to see you there!
Connections North: Bridges of the West End

Aesthetics meet functionality in the Longfellow Bridge
Jan 15 - Apr 20, 2013
at The West End Museum (map)
Tuesday - Friday 12-5pm
Saturday 11am-4pm
Cost: FREE

Connections North tells a story that spans 300 years - from the time when Harvard College's main source of income was the Charlestown ferry, through to present-day Boston and the $253 million Longfellow Bridge reconstruction project. The exhibit reveals how the progression of bridges changed not just the area immediately surrounding the Charles River, but the entire face of the city. Find out more on our website >>

"Historically, bridges are a very revealing indicator of the issues faced by a society," says exhibition curator Duane Lucia. "Is a bridge a private investment? Should it have a toll or should it be free to all? Should it be purely practical or should it be making an artistic statement? Bridges are more than just a way to cross the river: they have social implications, too." Duane himself will be leading a tour of the exhibition talking about the key figures behind the bridges, their motivations, virtuous or otherwise, and the legacy they've left for Bostonians today. You can book online >>

Brand New Talks Scheduled

Talk: Bringing a Twentieth Century Bridge into the Twenty-first Century
Thursday, February 7th at 6:30pm-7:30pm
at The West End Museum
Cost: FREE

After many battles to modernize the Longfellow bridge, Representative Marty Walz comes to the West End Museum to discuss her part in the renovations.

Talk: "A Complex Network"
Wednesday, February 27th at 6:30pm-7:30pm
at The West End Museum
Cost: FREE

Karl Haglund, author of "Inventing the Charles River" returns to the West End Museum to discuss the historical bridges of west Boston and their contributions to the shaping of the Charles River. Read more >>

c/o Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Talk: The Victorian Society presents "The Women of the Saturday Evening Girls Pottery"
Tuesday, March 19th at 6pm-7:30pm
at The West End Museum
Cost: $15 (VSA/NE and West End Museum members $10)

Historical talk about a philanthropic off-shoot of the Paul Revere Pottery in Boston, which saw poor immigrant girls decorating earthenware in the early 1900s.

Speaker: Nonie Gadsden: Carolyn & Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Read more >>

Talk: "The Future of Boston Bridges"
Thursday, April 4th at 6:30pm-7:30pm
at The West End Museum
Cost: FREE

Presentation of designs for new pedestrian bridges along the Charles River Basin that will increase connectivity between the historic neighborhoods of Beacon Hill and the West End with the Esplanade.

Talk given by Miguel Rosales | lead Architect and Urban Designer for the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill bridge. Read more >>

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