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Dear_Boston_Logo_RGBDear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial

Central Library, Copley Square (McKim Exhibition Hall)
April 7 to May 11, 2014
Monday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday & Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday: 1–5 p.m.

On April 15, 2013, two bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and transformed the city, its residents, and the runners and visitors participating in this world-famous event. Almost immediately, a makeshift memorial began to take shape, first at the police barricade at the intersection of Boylston and Berkeley Streets and later at Copley Square. People from across the globe left flowers, posters, notes, t-shirts, hats, tokens of all shapes and sizes, and—most significantly—running shoes. In June 2013, the memorial was dismantled and these thousands of objects were transferred to the Boston City Archives for safekeeping. To mark the one-year anniversary, a selection of items from the memorial collection are on display so visitors can once again experience the outpouring of human compassion they represent.

This exhibition has been organized by a partnership that includes the Boston City Archives, Boston Art Commission, New England Museum Association, and Boston Public Library.  It has been made possible with the generous support of Iron Mountain.

Thumbnail version 2Public Women, Private Lives

Central Library, Copley Square (Rare Books Lobby)
March 7 to May 30, 2014
Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Since the 17th century, American women have been writing and publishing novels, poetry, essays, histories, biographies, and short stories. Their texts influenced the tastes and perceptions of generations of both female and male readers alike. While readers can get a sense of these women through their published work, it is the letters that they wrote to friends, publishers, and one another that provide real insight into their personal worlds. This exhibition of books and manuscripts from the Boston Public Library’s special collections illustrates the public and private lives of reputed writers such as Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott, and Julia Ward Howe, as well as those of lesser-known authors such as Hannah Adams, Helen Hunt Jackson, and Annie Fields.

This exhibition has been organized in celebration of Women’s History Month.

City of Neighborhoods ThumbnailCity of Neighborhoods: The Changing Face of Boston

Central Library, Copley Square (Norman B. Leventhal Map Center)
March 22 to August 22, 2014
Monday–Thursday: 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday–Saturday:10 a.m.–5 p.m.,
Sunday: 1–5 p.m.

During the last decade, Boston as a whole has become younger, and more racially and ethnically diverse. However, the neighborhoods that make up Boston often tell their own unique stories of diversity and change.

This exhibition tells the story of a “new” Boston by looking at the overall city and at individual neighborhoods. The 45 photos, objects, and maps, many of which are based on recent census data, show us where newer immigrant groups have settled and how the streets and features of a neighborhood reflect who lives and works there. Exhibition translations will be available in the following languages: Haitian Creole, Spanish, and Chinese.

This exhibition is funded in part by Mass Humanities. MH_logo_with_tag-grayscale