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

Celebrating veterans

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will host a celebration of veterans and a new World War II collection from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12.

A flag raising ceremony will be held outside at 11:45 a.m. followed by the program and reception at noon.

The library will celebrate Veterans Day, the people in the community who have served in the armed forces and a new development for the study of American military and cultural history – an award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to help catalog and prepare for exhibition 1,959 posters contained in the Richard W. Cheek World War II Graphic Arts Collection.

The Cheek collection contains thousands of posters and maps from the Second World War, as well as ephemeral material such as board games, playing cards, pin-ups, calendars and more. The materials chronicle American culture of the mid-20th century and provide a visual and textual record of the country’s values, reflecting wartime attitudes about national identity and the nation’s role abroad.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-227-0270.

Boston Ballet story time

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will offer story time with the Boston Ballet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Children and families are welcome to hear stories about a famous ballet or dancer. The story time is also supplemented with a movement experience that highlights major themes of the story. Boston Ballet faculty dance educators will lead the program, which is for children, ages 2 and up. Younger children will need parental supervision.

Call 617-523-6957 for further information.

Cello recital

King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets, will present “The 21st Century Cello” at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Cellist Ben Swartz will play selections by Adams, Radulesu and Sollima.

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

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

Art of storytelling

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will present “The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human” from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13

Jonathan Gottschall of Washington & Jefferson College will explore how important storytelling is to humans. Humans are storytelling animals who thrill to a multitude of fictions on pages, on stages and on screens. They are, as a species, addicted to story. But the addiction runs deeper than we think. Humans dream, fantasize and socialize in stories and story infiltrates every aspect of how humans live and think.

Fiction enhances empathy and stories have brought on wars, inspired atrocities and driven massive social change. Gottschall will lead a whirligig tour of a new science of stories; why we shape them, and how they shape us.

Admission is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. A reception will follow the lecture. Registration is required, online at or by calling 617-227-0270.

Rock ‘n’ Roll movies

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will screen a series of films celebrating rock ‘n’ roll from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays during November.

The films will include “Jailhouse Rock” starring Elvis Presley on Nov. 14; “La Bamba,” the story of Richie Valens, starring Lou Diamond Phillips on Nov. 21; and the raunchy comedy “The Blues Brothers” with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd on Nov. 28. Admission is free.

Call 617-523-3957 for more information.

Poetry readings

Kent Wittenburg will read from his newly published book of poetry at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the King’s Chapel Parish House, 64 Beacon St.

The poems “The Story is Beginning and Here I am Soaking Wet: Poems for Forest Bathing” reflect a life’s journey from birth and childhood through coming of age to its later stages. They will resonate with readers who have a sense of the absurd, an appreciation for nature and a desire to delve beneath life’s surfaces. The readings will be accompanied by slides of related art and nature scenes.

A reception at which the author will be available for book signings will follow the program.

Admission is free. RSVP to or call 617-227-2155.

Fine arts and crafts

The 15th annual Beacon Hill holiday fine arts and crafts sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18 at the Hill House firehouse, 127 Mount Vernon St.

Local visual artists and fine artisans will sell a variety of hand-crafted holiday gift items, including one-of-a-kind jewelry, ceramics, photography, handmade baby items and table linens, holiday cards, paintings and more, providing a unique holiday shopping experience.

The event will feature award-winning local artists, including potters, jewelers, painters, photographers and fiber artisans who create original, hand-crafted work. Admission is free.

For further information, visit

West End photographs

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