May 7, 2013
Katharine Lusk, of Jamaica Plain, an advisor for Mayor Menino, at right; and Kristen Swett, left, of Quincy, an assistant archivist at Boston's Office of City Clerk Archives and Records Management Division, work carefully to separate hand-written paper signs and mementos from other objects left at the Copley Square Boston Marathon memorial. Workers from the Boston City Archives and Mayor Menino's office culled through the makeshift memorial to the Boston Marathon bombings in Copley Square to remove handwritten signs, posters, notes, and other fragile items so the keepsakes can be preserved. Weather forecasters expect rain on Wednesday and through the rest of the week. City officials want to save the paper items before rain blurs the ink and disintegrates the paper. “We want to get all the paper out of there to ensure the rain doesn’t destroy it,” John McColgan, the Boston City Archivist.” The first step is to ensure that the hardcopy is preserved and it is documented.