Here are the latest Beacon Hill - West End neighborhood notes:

Crime and punishment

The Partnership of the Historic Bostons will present a walking tour on crime and punishment in early Boston from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, meeting at Boston Common on the corner of Park and Tremont streets.

The Puritan churches and the civil government defined appropriate behavior and took action when rules were broken. The tour will explore the Puritan values implicit in public punishment and discuss some of the individuals involved in the early colonial system of justice.

Attendees will see the Puritans’ reasoning behind their criminal penalties and learn about some of the people on both the giving and receiving ends of the Puritan punishments.

Registration is recommended for event, at There is no charge although a donation of $10 per person to help us defray the costs for operating the tours for public education is suggested.

Organ duet

King’s Chapel on the corner of School and Tremont streets will host a musical afternoon at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

Grace Lee and Emerson Fang will play music by Bach, Franck and Mendelssohn on the C.B. Fisk organ.

A donation of $3 is requested; all contributions are given directly to the musicians.

Visit or call 617-227-2155 for more information.

Concussion discussion

The Vilna Shul, 18 Phillips St., will host “Behind the Game: CTE and the Long Term Consequences of Repetitive Blows to the Head” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

Dr. Robert Stern, director of Clinical Research for the BU Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Center, will explore the long-term consequences of concussions and repetitive head injuries. The audience will learn about his groundbreaking research and have a chance to ask questions and get up-close and personal with the man who may have a major impact on the future of all organized professional sports.

General admission is $10 and students and seniors are admitted free.

To register and for more information, call 617-523-2324 or visit

Artists and inventors

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will host an up close tour “Artists as Inventors, Inventors as Artists” at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Samuel Morse, the artist who painted the Athenaeum’s portrait of James Monroe, invented the electric telegraph. George M. Dexter, one of the architects of the Athenaeum’s home on Beacon Street, invented a new way to heat buildings. Docent Scott Guthery will explore the interaction of art and science as illustrated in patents granted to Athenaeum artists and members during this 30-minute tour.

Reservations are recommended, as space is limited, at or by calling 617-227-0270.

Immigrant experience

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will screen a series of films on the immigrant experience from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays during November.

The films will include “Maria, Full of Grace” starring award-winner Catalina Sandino Moreno on Nov. 15; the documentary “The Other Side of Immigration” about Mexican families left behind when family members leave for the U.S on Nov. 22; and “The Visitor” with Richard Jenkins on Nov. 29.

Call 617-523-3957 for more information.

Race in the public dialogue

The Museum of African American History, 46 Joy St., will welcome journalists Joy Reid and Jelani Cobb in a discussion of race in the public dialogue at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16.

Callie Crossley of WGBH will moderate the conversation.

Admission is $25 and registration can be made at Tickets will not be available at the door.

Great American songwriter

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will present “Vincent Youmans: Great American Songwriter” from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16.

Dr. Fred Broer will present a biographical lecture on Youmans with a focus on his successful 1927 musical “Hit the Deck,” illustrated with rare photographs and printed materials, an antique recorded performance and recent recordings that show Youmans’ musical style and his significant contributions to the development of American music.

Broer is a retired music professor. As a specialist in the field of Vincent Youmans, his research has resulted in compiling a large collection of rare photographs, recordings, artifacts and music scores.

Admission is free for members and $15 for non-members.

Reservations are recommended, as space is limited, at or by calling 617-227-0270.

Classical guitar

The Boston Classical Guitar Society will present the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in concert from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the First Lutheran Church of Boston, 299 Berkeley St.

The Grammy Award-winning ensemble will entertain with a program that ranges from bluegrass to Bach, with Latin, African, Far East, Celtic, folk and American classics.

Tickets are $40 general admission, $35 seniors and students and members.

To purchase tickets and for more details, visit or call 617-420-2247.

Fine arts and crafts

The 14th annual Beacon Hill holiday fine arts and crafts sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 and Sunday, Nov. 19 at the Hill House firehouse, 127 Mount Vernon St.

Painters, jewelers, photographers, potters and other artisans, including the award-winning artists from the Beacon Hill art walk, will offer their work for sale. Admission is free.

For further information, visit

Travels through Impressionism

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., is displaying “Thomas Buford Meteyard (1865-1928): Travels through Impressionism” now through Feb. 24.

This new exhibit will feature more than 50 of Meteyard’s works, including paintings, watercolors and works on paper, as well as books and other publications to which he contributed designs and illustrations. It will also explore his travels through French and American Impressionism and his relationships with contemporary avant-garde artists and writers.

Admission is free. Call 617-227-0270 or visit for more details.

Picturing Douglass

The Museum of African American History is presenting a new public exhibition “Picturing Frederick Douglass” at the African Meeting House, 46 Joy St., now through December.

Douglass was the most photographed American of the 19th century, more frequently photographed than Abraham Lincoln, and was immediately recognizable to millions in his own lifetime. Douglass used photography as a tool of reform and to elevate the image of the African-American in contradiction to the demeaning depictions of black life often seen in the 19th century.

Based on the book of the same name by Drs. John Stauffer and Zoe Trodd, co-curators of the exhibit, it features more than 90 objects, including historic photos, books, newspapers articles and original letters by Douglass.

Further information can be found by calling 617-725-0022, ext. 222 or online at

Photographs of the West End

The West End Museum, 150 Staniford St., is displaying a new exhibition “Under the Wrecking Ball: A West End Landlord” now to Nov. 30.

The exhibit features photographs from a collection donated by Ira Tarlin that depicts the West End at the time of demolition. Eli Tarlin, Ira’s father, was an original resident who came to own numerous properties in the neighborhood. The demise of the community, says the family, was also Eli’s demise.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Call 617-416-0781 or visit for more details.