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Items from Boston Marathon bombings memorial to be displayed to mark 6 months since attacks

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  October 11, 2013 05:55 PM

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(Globe file / June 2013)

Items preserved from the memorial that grew around Copley Square in the days after the Boston Marathon bombings will be displayed at a free, public exhibit at Northeastern University on Tuesday, six months after the April 15 attacks.

The exhibit will be open from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Snell Library at 360 Huntington Ave. in Boston.

It will feature the preserved memorial items, on loan from the City of Boston Archives, as well as highlights from the “Our Marathon” project, a crowd-sourced digital archive of the Boston Marathon bombings hosted by Northeastern online at www.marathon.neu.edu.

The university calls its Our Marathon memorial website “the largest collection of digital content related to the attack and the aftermath in the city.”

The site, built from research by Northeastern faculty and students, contains more than 3,000 submitted items. There are: first-person accounts from victims of the bombings; cards and well-wishes given to patients at Boston Medical Center; photos from The One Run; as well as graphics and internet memes created by people from across the country.

At Tuesday’s exhibit, attendees will be able to submit written and oral stories and reflections to the archive.

Personal stories, photos, video, text, and audio can also be submitted to the Our Marathon archive at any time by visiting www.marathon.neu.edu/share, or via social media using the hashtag #OurMarathon.

Matt Rocheleau can be reached at mjrochele@gmail.com. Looking for more coverage of area colleges and universities? Go to our Your Campus pages.

(Globe file / May 2013)

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