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Wednesday, April 02, 2014


Greetings from the West End Museum!

A big thank-you to all who joined us for our Irish Heritage Month Celebration. Look for the photos on our Facebook page! We are heading into April with some great events. Coming next week we are hosting native West Enders for a film and discussion on the psycholgical effects of urban renewal. Reminder: this is the the last week for the Hotel Manger/Madison exhibit. Check it out!

As always you can see our full range of upcoming events and exhibitions here. For even more museum info, follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Panel Discussion and short film: The problems with displacement
Tuesday, Apr. 8
6:30 - 8:30pm
Cost: FREE

The West End Museum explores the psychological toll of urban renewal projects on the people in-between. Featuring three Old West Enders and a resident of the New York Streets discussing their experiences with development projects; the panel will put a human face on the urban renewal projects in Boston.
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Current Exhibitions

Relics of a Bygone Era: Exploring the Hotel Manger/Madison
Feb. 4 - March 22
EXTENDED to April 5th!
Members Gallery
Cost: FREE

The 500-room Hotel Manger opened at North Station in August of 1930. Its design was an example of the Moderne style of architecture, developed by Boston native, Louis Sullivan. This exhibit features original postcards, pamphlets, and photographs, as well as actual pieces of the hotel. One of the highlights is a series of photographs showing the demolition of the hotel.

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A Neighborhood in Transition
Jan. 21 - May 10
Cost: FREE

This exhibit continues to follow the demolition of an additional thirty acres of residential housing, along with Bowdoin Square and Scollay Square, to make way for the Hurley/Lindemann Building and Government Center. Charles Frani's photographs show not only a neighborhood in transition, but a city in transition. The exhibit captures images of residents and business owners in the midst of eviction; going about their daily chores, or fleeing their homes, as if nothing out the ordinary is taking place.

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The Last Tenement
Cost: FREE

"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 and relocated to the West End Museum in 2006, is now permanently housed in its own dedicated 1100 square foot space.

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Save The Date!

Walking Tour: "The Lost Boston"
Saturday, Apr. 12
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Cost: $7 Members / $15 Non-members

This tour will introduce attendees to the story of Boston's lost neighborhood, The West End. In 1959 an entire neighborhood with hundreds of dwellings, businesses, houses of worship and thousands of people was destroyed as part of the federal Urban Renewal program and replaced by high rise apartments.

We will visit surviving landmarks of the West End and learn about the people of the West End, the debate over the destruction of the neighborhood and the fate of those who lived there.

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Book Talk: "Boston's Orange Line"
Tuesday, Apr. 15
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Cost: FREE

Since 1901, the configuration of the rail system Bostonians now know as the MBTA's Orange Line has evolved in response to changes in the city, society, and technology. In their recent book about the Orange Line, Andrew Elder and Jeremy C. Fox explore the line's role in the lives of Bostonians and how it and other rail lines have changed alongside broader trends in urban living. In this presentation, Elder and Fox will use photos tracing the history and paths of the line to discuss the recent history of Boston and evolving attitudes toward city living. Signed copies of Boston's Orange Line will be available for $21.99.

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Support the Museum

2014 Annual Appeal!!
Support the West End Museum!

2013 was another year of significant growth and expansion for the West End Museum. This year alone, the museum mounted three major exhibits in our large exhibition area, as well as four exhibits in our Members' Gallery.

We have a fundraising goal of $50,000 for our inaugural appeal. Any amount, large or small, that you can donate will help to ensure that the museum can continue to provide a rich experience to the West End community as well as the city of Boston. Your donation is critical, not only with assisting the museum in providing fresh programming, but especially in keeping the museum and its mission alive.

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