Letter from Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, New York student to First Responders

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Letter from Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, New York student to First Responders

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"I was in my office on 101 Huntington Avenue facing Huntington Ave. From my location the explosions both heard like large commercial dumpsters being dropped off the back of the flatbed carrying the dumpster. (This is a sound I have heard many times.) It did sound louder than normal and when it was followed so closely by another, I questioned the nature of the sound but did not have cause for concern. If not for someone in my office asking “do you know what is happening” I would not have thought twice. I looked out the window and saw people running across Huntington Ave at Belvidere Street. I assumed something happened at the Christian Science Plaza until we were able to get additional information from the news."

"Your Story": Reflections on the 2013 Marathon Gathered by GlobeLab


The mayor of New Castle, Delaware writes to Mayor Menino to offer the support of his city. He tells of the long history of mutual aid and support between Boston and New Castle.

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The mayor of New Castle, Delaware writes to Mayor Menino to offer the support of his city. He tells of the long history of mutual aid and support between Boston and New Castle.

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You’re not broken, just bent. You are a survivor. Don’t worry be happy. Stay Strong Boston.

A card from a Framingham, MA student from the Boston City Archive collections.

You’re not broken, just bent. You are a survivor. Don’t worry be happy. Stay Strong Boston.

A card from a Framingham, MA student from the Boston City Archive collections.


NOTHING CAN BREAK BOSTON.

View more photos from the James Schmidt’s Boston Marathon Photos collection.

NOTHING CAN BREAK BOSTON.

View more photos from the James Schmidt’s Boston Marathon Photos collection.


Photo of sign naming campus square in honor of M.I.T. Police Officer Sean A. Collier. submitted by James McGrath

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Photo of sign naming campus square in honor of M.I.T. Police Officer Sean A. Collier. submitted by James McGrath

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"Underground. On the Green line walking back from Boylston Street. Got on at Hynes Convention Center and arrived at Park Street where we were evacuated in a very efficient manner. We weren’t told what was going on but after being evacuated there were many text messages and missed phone calls asking if we were ok. Glad we decided to walk backwards towards Hynes rather than toward Copley Station otherwise we would have been right in the middle of it."

"Your Story": Reflections on the 2013 Marathon Gathered by GlobeLab


One Fund banner at Quincy Market

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One Fund banner at Quincy Market

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Just before the first bomb went off I bumped into a lady with a buggy (stroller), I turned and excused myself and she looked at me in disgust and complained that I had crushed a sunflower that was on top of her buggy. I remember thinking to myself “big deal! Worse things happen!” As I looked at this lady in bewilderment the first bomb went off ahead of us. I froze on the spot staring ahead at the white smoke billowing towards us. There seemed to me some confusion about what happened, runners were cheering obviously believing it was a cannon or something, my boyfriend was trying to move me while he shouted “bomb! That was a bomb! We have to move!”

Time stopped still for me while I watched a runner in a burger suit make his way towards the finish line. When the second bomb went off there was no doubt in my mind it was a bomb but I was still frozen in my spot. My boyfriend grabbed me and rushed me down the alley.

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Highlighting Neatline

Over the summer Our Marathon interns utilized Neatline to construct interactive exhibits from the unique content of the archive. 

Do you have ideas for other exhibits? What do you like or dislike about Our City and One Boston?

Have you designed an exhibit regarding the Marathon bombings? 

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