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With rain due, city works to preserve paper memorials

John McColgan, Boston’s city archivist, carefully peeled back the tape on a poster board this morning at Copley Square where hundreds of visitors had written messages of hope and love for the Boston Marathon bombing victims. He marveled at the number of notes and how they came from all over the world.

“Layers, layers,” he murmured under his breath. “People have written on both sides.”

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