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To develop Boston Stories, memories were mined for the core Stories that would tell the "Boston Story." In the process, thousands of slides, photos, brochures, books, teachers' guides, video clips, grant applications, memos, letters, drawings, "vocabulary lists"–an enormous array of archival materials–were discovered, scanned and preserved.

What was it about the way the museum was reconceived and managed during those years that made it such a different and exciting place? Why did it take on so many challenging problems, come up with such interesting solutions, become a laboratory for the profession, and influence the direction of learning in museums? Why was it such an active collaborator, such a memorable place to work, such a nursery of museum careers, and a precursor to the notion of non-hierarchical, interactive leadership? The answers are not obvious. What happened–especially behind the scenes–is significant but complicated.

And what happened behind the scenes of developing Boston Stories was too good to be left on the cutting room floor. For anyone who wishes to delve deeper into the core stories by following these trails, the archive offers a rich selection of original source materials linked by topic. For students, scholars or anyone interested in research, it is a goldmine.

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06. A Joint Venture- Article

Date Original: 09/1980
Description: This article focuses on the architectural side of the museums. From renovation of the old wool warehouse to fit the museum layouts, to what each museum brought to the table for its visitors. Museum News shares the story of how the two shared more than just space, they shared ideas.
Creator(s): Museum News — publisher
Keywords: audience cross servicing; museum collaboration; warehouse renovation; Boston community relations
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06. The Big Move IMG 1.84 MB Details
06. A Slice of City in the Cross Section- Article

Date Original: October 1979
Description: Featured in the in-depth article, is the "remarkable participatory exhibit called City Slice". The exhibit features city lights, cables, working manholes, and of course the centerpiece which is a house that is sliced, showing what houses look like when stripped down. It also goes into the new Museum Wharf exhibit and has many great pictures.
Creator(s): American Institute of Architects — publisher; Craig, Lois — author; Rosenthal, Steve - photographer
Keywords: architectural driven exhibits; audience retention; interactive exhibits; Sylvia Sawin curator
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06. The Big Move DOC 1.84 MB Details
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06. The Big Move PDF 1.84 MB Details
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06. The Big Move PDF 1.84 MB Details
06. The Big Move PDF 1.84 MB Details
06. The Big Move PDF 1.84 MB Details
06. The Big Move PDF 1.84 MB Details
06. The Big Move PDF 1.84 MB Details
06. The Big Move PDF 1.84 MB Details
06. The Big Move PDF 1.84 MB Details
06. The Big Move PDF 1.84 MB Details
06. The Big Move PDF 1.84 MB Details