With rain coming, makeshift Boston Marathon memorials at Copley Plaza are archived by City
Evan Allen and Andrew Ryan, Globe Correspondent and Globe Staff
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May 07, 2013

John McColgan, Boston’s city archivist, carefully peeled back the tape on a poster board this morning at Copley Square where hundreds of visitors had written messages of hope and love for the Boston Marathon bombing victims. He marveled at the number of notes and how they came from all over the world.

“Layers, layers,” he murmured under his breath. “People have written on both sides.”

He and a team of four other city workers and archivists were working this morning to preserve those messages before rain arrives later this week. While the memorial is a testament to the city’s strength, it is also largely composed of paper. Read More...

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