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Friday, May 16, 2014


Greetings from the West End Museum!

There's a lot going on at the museum this week. Join us tomorrow for a museum talk with author Benjamin Ross. Bring the whole family on Saturday for a history workshop specially designed for children. Check out the Neighborhood in Transition Exhibit, now extended to May 31. 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!


Museum Talk: Benjamin Ross: "Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism"
Thursday, May 15th
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Cost: FREE

What holds back the revival of urbanism? In the new book Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism, Benjamin Ross shows that it is much more than bad architecture and sloppy planning. The obstacles are historical, sociological, and economic. Join us on May 15 to discuss his ideas.

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This Week

Family Workshop presented with the Vilna Shul: Sights of the West
Sunday, May 18th
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Cost: FREE

A workshop designed for children in the second through fourth grades - Join us for a day of history fun just for kids! The West End Museum and the Vilna Shul present a special children's program connecting past generations of the West End to children living in the West End today. Start your own stamp collections, take a tour of the old neighborhood (including a stop at the West End House), and even make a vintage-inspired toy. Children will also be able to record their own oral histories of their experiences living in the West End.

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Current Exhibitions

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!

Opening Reception:The Elizabeth Peabody House Exhibit
Tuesday, May 20th
Cost: FREE

This exhibit surveys the history and prominence of The Elizabeth Peabody House, one of Boston's first settlement houses. Original schedules and annual reports detailing the institution's programs will be on display as well as photographs of its most beloved clubs-including its nationally recognized science club-and its important social service work, which included the country's first pasteurized milk stations and a free school lunch program. The show emphasizes the particular sympathy and progressive ideology of the settlement workers, and the impact that the workers and the immigrants had on one another.

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