Beacon Hill - West End neighborhood notes

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The Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial is located across Beacon Street from the State House. It serves as a memorial to the group of men who were among the first African Americans to fight in the Civil War.

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 Monday, March 26.

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 older. Younger children will need parental supervision.

Call 617-523-3957 for further details.

Classical guitar

King’s Chapel, located at the corner of School and Tremont streets, will welcome classical guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27.

Larget-Caplan will perform works by Vineet Shende and J.S. Bach in honor of his 333rd birthday.

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

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

Framing the Constitution

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will welcome guest speaker and author Michael J. Klarman at noon on Tuesday, March 27.

Klarman is the author of “The Framers’ Coup,” the story of the tumultuous drafting and ratification of the U.S. Constitution. The Federalists wanted to avoid full-fledged democratic deliberation over the Constitution and the document finally ratified was stacked in their favor. It was also a significant departure from the more democratic state constitutions. Klarman’s book explains why the Framers preferred such a constitution and how they persuaded the country to adopt it. The nation has lived with the consequences, both positive and negative, ever since.

Admission is free.

For more details, call 617-227-0270 or visit

Movie matinee

In honor of Women’s History Month, the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will screen “Belle” directed by Amma Asante from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28.

Admission is free.

Call 617-523-3957 for more details.

Life of Chippendale

The Nichols House and Museum will host “Chippendale: The Man and the Myth” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St.

This year marks the 300th anniversary of Britain’s most celebrated furniture maker, Thomas Chippendale, whose designs reached both sides of the Atlantic through a groundbreaking pattern book, “The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director of 1754.”

During his lifetime he oversaw one of the largest cabinetmaking and upholstery firms in London, and eventually his name defined an entire style of 18th century furniture.

Brock Jobe, Winterthur’s professor emeritus of American Decorative Arts, will recount the remarkable story of Chippendale’s career and look at some of his greatest works.

A light reception will follow the program. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit or call 617-227-6993 to purchase tickets or for more 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

Revolutionary Era women

The Freedom Trail Foundation is offering new 90-minute walking tours celebrating four centuries of women who changed history at 12:45 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays now through March 31. The tours will leave from the visitor information center on Boston Common, 139 Tremont St.

Led by 18th century costumed guides, the tours will feature tales of the early religious rebellions of Anne Hutchinson, patriotic actions of Abigail Adams and Mercy Otis Warren, the abolitionist movements of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Harriet Tubman, writings of Phillis Wheatley and Louisa May Alcott and speeches of birth control advocate Margaret Sanger and suffragette Susan B. Anthony, with visits to places where they lived, where their works were published and where they were laid to rest.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-357-8300.

Coloring for adults

“Color Your World,” coloring for adults, will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Fridays during March and April 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.

Frog Pond skating

The Frog Pond on Boston Common is open for skating from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays (except Mondays when the rink closes at 3:45 p.m.) and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Admission is based on skater’s height and is $6 for those over 58 inches and free for those under. Season passes are available. Skate rentals are $5 for children, ages 13 and under, $12 for those ages 14 and older. Lockers are also available.

The Frog Pond continues freestyle skating on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:45 to 9:45 a.m. for $12 a session. There are no rentals during this time.

For more information, call 617-635-2120 or visit

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 March 31.

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