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The primary purpose of the West End Museum is to operate and maintain a neighborhood museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the history and culture of the West End of Boston. The Museum acknowledges its role as and educational institution and a trustee of significant material culture. The West End Museum fulfills its mission by providing exhibits to the public on a regular basis, by providing access to its collections for research, by providing a resource to the West End Neighborhood for historical and cultural interests. It involves the public in its mission through outreach programming, neighborhood events, and educational programming in the school systems, thereby increasing and sustaining the public's appreciation of an important Americn urban neighborhood from the seventeenth century to the present time.
We are a Boston neighborhood museum looking for committed and energetic people who are interested in the history and culture of Boston. The West End Museum is dedicated to the documentation and preservation of the former West End neighborhood’s cultural heritage. This heritage owes its existence to an influx of immigrants who came to this neighborhood starting at approximately 1880. The West End’s destruction by eminent domain and urban renewal started in 1958, and evicted ten thousand people from their homes in the area. We are dedicated to the collection and preservation of these resident’s former neighborhood and the artifacts of the West End of Boston.
Working at this museum, you can expect to find a vibrant workplace of passionate men and women dedicated to preserving the West End’s memory, but also welcoming and eager for new members. A previous knowledge of the neighborhood is not required, but a general interest in historical studies is recommended for those wishing to join the organization. Much of the work here involves working with artifacts or transcripts from the residents of the West End, with many of them containing varied and engaging accounts of life in that time and place.