Six months ago, a thought­less tragedy threat­ened the city’s resilience. The Boston Marathon is not just an event, but rather a uni­versal symbol of strength. Roughly 27,000 run­ners from around the world commit to pushing them­selves for 26.2 miles, while 500,000 spec­ta­tors stand by to cheer them on. The tra­di­tion is woven into the fabric of our community.

On April 15, 2013, bomb­ings at the marathon finish line aimed to destroy that fabric, and a team at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is now inviting indi­vid­uals to strengthen it.

Our Marathon, a com­pre­hen­sive, crowd-​​sourced dig­ital archive of the Boston Marathon bomb­ings, is hosting an exhibit Tuesday to com­mem­o­rate the event’s six-​​month anniver­sary. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will fea­ture photos, videos and sto­ries from the archive, as well as a dis­play of items orig­i­nally placed at the Copley Square Memo­rial, on loan from the Boston City Archives. From 1 to 8 p.m. in Northeastern’s Snell Library, atten­dees will have the oppor­tu­nity to submit their written and oral reflec­tions to the archive on-​​site.

We’re six months out, and there’s a lot that still needs to be cap­tured,” says Ryan Cordell, an assis­tant pro­fessor at North­eastern who’s spear­heading Our Marathon along­side Pro­fessor Eliz­a­beth Mad­dock Dillon. “There’s still a lot more work that needs to be done for the com­mu­nity. We don’t want to let these sto­ries fade away before they can be cap­tured and saved for posterity.”

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