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

Notable women

Boston by Foot will partner with the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail to offer a tour “Notable Women of Beacon Hill” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, meeting at the Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St.

The tour roams around historic Beacon Hill and will introduce a variety of notable women who lived and worked in the neighborhood: abolitionists, suffragists, artists, nurses, lawyers, educational advocates and authors who not only changed the city, but made important strides for the nation and the world. They range from household names like Abigail Adams, Phillis Wheatley, Amelia Earhart, Louisa May Alcott and Rose Kennedy, to less-familiar leaders like Chew Shee Chin, Julia O’Connor, Clementine Langone and Melnea Cass.

Tickets are $15 or $5 for members and can be purchased in advance or from the guide.

Call 617-367-2345 or visit to purchase tickets and for more information

Beacon Hill walking tour

Historic New England will offer a new tour “Beacon Hill History through the LGBTQ Lens” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. Participants will meet at the Otis House Museum, 141 Cambridge St.

Participants will join The History Project, Boston’s independent LGBTQ archives, for a walking tour of LGBTQ history on Beacon Hill, learning about historic LGBTQ civil and political rights organizations, protests and the lives of activists and boundary-pushers, including Prescott Townsend, Sarah Orne Jewett and Annie Fields and the Boston Bohemians.

Highlights will include Sporters and Gerry Sawyer Square, Charles Street Meeting House and the homes of several Boston Bohemians.

Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Registration is recommended, by calling 617-994-5920.

Visit for more details.

Scavenger hunt

The Esplanade Association will offer the A-Z Scavenger Hunt at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, meeting at Community Boating, Inc., 21 David G. Mugar Way.

Families can celebrate the fall foliage with the association’s A-to-Z Scavenger Hunt. They will go on an adventure through the Charles River Esplanade learning about its history, activities and life along the Esplanade. Prizes will be given out to the first three groups to complete the scavenger hunt. Spots are limited; registration is required for this free activity.

To register and for more information, visit or call 617-227-0365.

Library and archives

The Otis House, 141 Cambridge St., will open the library and archives to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Researchers can discover the extraordinary collection of New England photographs, manuscripts, ephemera and other documents.

Admission is free for Historic New England members and $5 for non-members.

Further information is available by calling 617-994-5920 or online at

10K fundraiser

The 42nd annual Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, starting at Boston Common.

Starting on Beacon Street, the course runs through Boston’s Back Bay and across and along the Charles River. It is fast and exciting, with excellent views of Back Bay, the river and the skylines of Boston and Cambridge.

The fundraiser will include a 1K race for kids at 10:30 a.m., pre-race warm-up exercises at 10:50 a.m. and the race at noon, followed by an awards ceremony at 2 p.m.

The health and fitness pavilion will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with information, tasty treats, goods and services offered by the race partners.

For further information, visit

Organ recital

An organ recital will be held at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets.

Robert August will play works by Bach, Micheelsen and Vierling 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 further information.

Italian film series

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will screen a series of films in honor of Italian Heritage Month from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays during October.

The films will include “Night of the Shooting Stars” on Oct. 10; “Caro Diario” on Oct. 17; “I Am Love” on Oct. 24 and “Bellissima” on Oct. 31.

For more information, call 617-523-3957.

WECA fall meeting

The West End Civic Association fall meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 in the Amy Lowell Community Room, 65 Martha Road. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. All are welcome.

Dana Siles of “Rescuing Leftover Cuisine” will discuss volunteer opportunities and preventing food waste.

City Councilor Josh Zakim will bring the community up-to-date on West End concerns, including construction, zoning and the licensing of recreational marijuana shops.

Light refreshments will be served.

Visit or call 617-227-3662 for more information.

Cold War spies

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will present “Above and Beyond: John F. Kennedy and America’s Most Dangerous Cold War Spy Missions” with author Casey Sherman from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11.

On October 27, 1962, President Kennedy was briefed about a missing spy plane. Its pilot, Chuck Maultsby, was on a surveillance mission over the North Pole, but had become disoriented and steered his plane into Soviet airspace. If detected, its presence there could be considered an act of war.

Another U-2 belonging to Rudy Anderson had also gone missing. His mission was to photograph missile sites over Cuba. For the president, any wrong move could turn the Cold War nuclear.

“Above and Beyond” is the intimate, gripping account of the lives of these war heroes, brought together on a day that changed history.

Admission is $10 members and $15 for non-members.

Visit or call 617-227-0270 for more details.

Nichols House collections

The Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon St., is displaying “Their Objects, Their Stories: The Nichols Women as Collectors, 1870-1960” now through Oct. 13. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays.

The museum explores two generations of art collecting and the treasured objects that tell stories that are at once both familiar and unique. Mother and daughter Elizabeth and Rose Nichols are celebrated for their autonomy and individualism in what they chose to collect and their collections were in step with the aspirations of the Gilded Age and the women’s rights movements of the early 20th century.

The collections spans nearly 400 years of art across three continents and include a 16th century Flemish tapestry and 20th century bronze works by sculptor Paul Manship.

Visit www.nicholshousemuseum or call 617-227-6993 for further information.

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.”

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 go online to

Coloring for adults

“Color Your World,” coloring for adults, will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Fridays at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

Studies have shown the relaxing benefits of coloring for adults as well as children. Patrons are invited to drop in and enjoy a relaxing afternoon coloring. Coloring pages, pencils, crayons and markers will be provided.

For more details, call 617-523-3957.

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