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On behalf of the many people who are working hard to make the City Museum a reality, I want to thank the Washington City Paper for its update on the project (“One for the Money, Two for the Show…” 8/9).

It’s too bad the article spent so much time discussing other museums and imaginary exhibition topics that it wasn’t able to report on partnerships with neighborhood organizations, the economic impact of bringing tourists off the Mall, or the support from every quarter of the philanthropic community, which has included $5 checks from individuals as well as donations from local family foundations and the generous local businesses who have stepped up time and again to invest in this and other worthwhile projects in the city.

Washingtonians are invited to come and see for themselves when the City Museum opens in spring 2003 that Washington is a place where real people live that has a real history of its own. The City Museum will prove that the people of Washington can come together to pull off a community-based project and get it right.

President & CEO

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. & City Museum