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Saturday, April 5, 2014

"Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial" exhibit opens at Boston Public Library on April 7

Photo by Colette Quinlin 

Materials and personal notes left by people from around the world at Copley Square park  in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 have been preserved and are being put on display at the Boston Public Library from April 7 through May 11, 2014.

The exhibit, "Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial," was painstakingly preserved and then put into context and form, thanks to a close collaboration of the Boston City Archives, Boston Art Commission, New England Museum Association, Boston Public Library, and Iron Mountain.

"Dear Boston represents our strength and solidarity not only as a city, but also as a community that supports one another through even the most difficult of times," said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "I encourage people – residents and visitors alike – to visit the exhibition, experience the resilience of the people of Boston, and view the messages of hope and healing."

Last summer, John McColgan, director of the Boston City Archives, described the joint efforts to preserve the materials, which include 150 pairs of running shoes and thousands of other materials including flags, rosary beads and hand-written notes. 

The Dear Boston exhibition is part of a broad effort called #BostonBetter, wherein area museums, libraries, and archives host various programs associated with the one-year anniversary of the 2013 marathon. For more information, visit

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