Boston may soon have a history museum

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It's a funny thing about Boston: A city rich with nearly 400 years of history doesn't have a museum of Boston history.

But developer Frank Keefe and a high-powered team of civic leaders hope to change that. They're working to get rights from the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority to build a Boston Museum on a vacant parcel between the Rose Kennedy Greenway and Haymarket outdoor fruit and vegetable market. It's officially called Parcel 9 on plans for post-Big-Dig redevelopment of Boston.

"This is going to be a very successful museum,'' said Keefe, a former top aide to former Massachusetts governor Michael S. Dukakis who went on to become a private developer building projects like the Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Square and others. "Boston has history, more history than any other city in America. People come here for history, and we only show them a tiny slice of the history we have.''

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