Events at the Vilna Shul

Meet the “Ordinary” People of Early Boston with Author Joanne Lloyd

Thursday, May 30, 2013, 7:30 pm

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Are you ever curious about the lives of the shop owners, tailors, writers, artists and the other "ordinary" people who helped make Boston the city that it is today?   

The Vilna Shul and the Beacon Hill Scholars invite you to this fascinating event as we get set to explore the often untold histories of the everyday Bostonian with historian and author Joanne Lloyd.

This is the perfect way to spend your evening if you are curious about life in Boston beyond the Freedom Trail. Join us and learn about the people who helped make Boston a destination that attracts thousands of people each year. Afterward you can take your friends on a tour of the city they will never forget!

The event is free and co-sponsored by the Beacon Hill Scholars. Registration is appreciated. 

For questions please contact Jessica at (617) 523-2324 or email

Public Transit Directions:

The Shul is easily accessible using the MBTA metro system. After exiting the Charles/MGH MBTA Red Line station, turn left, cross Cambridge Street (to the CVS), turn left, and walk east down Cambridge Street under the elevated subway. Proceed east on Cambridge Street past Lindall Place, an alley, and Grove Street to Anderson Street. Turn right on Anderson Street and walk one block up Anderson Street to Phillips Street. Turn left/east onto Phillips Street. The Vilna Shul is 1/2 block down Phillips Street on the right/uphill side of Phillips Street.

Parking :

The Vilna Shul offers $5 validated parking after 4pm on weekdays and all day on weekends. Validation is good inside the Charles River Plaza Parking Garage next to the Au Bon Pain and Holiday Inn, not in the surface lot in front of the Whole Foods. Just look for the garage entrance near the intersection of Cambridge St. and Blossom St. To find the Shul, exit the parking garage and look across the street toward Beacon Hill and find Garden street. Walk up the hill on Garden street about 1 minute until you reach the intersection of Garden and Phillips. The Shul is visible on your right at 18 Phillips Street.

You must validate your green ticket at the Shul for free/reduced parking.