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Part IV: Looking Back: Issues That Defined Us

Written by Mike Spock

I hear and I forget

I see and I remember

I do and I understand

—Old "Chinese" Proverb

Coming to the end of this absorbing eight-year project, I revisited some of the more memorable materials we assembled about the museum from the '60s, '70s, and '80s. In preparation for writing a conclusion, I asked myself two questions: 1) Do these stories come close to reflecting the leadership issues we struggled with in those days, and how we ended up distributing responsibilities throughout the museum in less hierarchical ways? 2) Does this collection of memories and memorabilia assembled in one place offer insights for everyone about what could be learned from Boston Stories? Following are the reflections that stood out for me.

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