West Enders’ Stories

As part of our mission to preserve the history and culture of Boston’s West End, we are committed to documenting stories of the Old West End as told by the people who lived there. This is an ongoing project through which Videos, Audio Recordings and Written Accounts will be posted on a continuing basis.

Our goal is to collect and share as many stories as possible that chronicle personal accounts of this vibrant melting pot of a community for current and future generations to discover and appreciate. Sharing these unique and precious remembrances will ensure that the true story of “the greatest neighborhood this side of heaven” is never forgotten.

If you’re an old West Ender or a descendant, learn how to share your story.


Videos

Click on the links below to view the individual videos, and be sure to check back here periodically for new ones.

Arlene (Katz) Mattiso
Arlene (Katz) Mattiso

Bruce Guarino
Bruce Guarino

Paula Andreottola
Paula Andreottola

 

Joe Greenberg
Joe Greenberg

 

Judy (Schneider) Flieder
Judy (Schneider) Flieder

Audio Recordings

West Enders’ audio recordings are currently being collected and reviewed. Check back soon for the first postings.

Written Stories

West Enders’ written stories are currently being collected and reviewed. Check back soon for the first postings.

In 2014, the Mass. Memories Road Show—a project of UMass Boston—compiled videos and photographs from former West Enders through an event we hosted at the Museum. Read about that and see more West End stories.