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The MFA's new Art of the Americas wing. (Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston)
The MFA's new Art of the Americas wing. (Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston)

When laborer Rick Brendemuehl woke up on June 4, 2009, he thought it would be just another day at the work site building the new Art of the Americas wing at the Museum of Fine Arts.

What he didn't know is that he would find a piece of history burrowed in the halls of the MFA. As he knocked down a wall, a small envelope peeked out of rubble. It was from another laborer, Thomas Crowley, who typed it in 1926 when Crowley as he helped build the very same wall that the new laborers were tearing down.

The contents of Crowley's letter were strictly for the record, documenting the wage of the day, the details of the work site, and even the weather. But in a broader context, it documented an ongoing relationship between the people of Boston and the Museum of Fine Arts.

The history continues as the MFA and a new team of curators, laborers, and designers prepare to open the institution's new American wing to the public in November.  As time marches on, we re-examine the relevance of the MFA in today's Boston and visit the new wing with MFA Director Malcolm Rogers.

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This program aired on September 30, 2010.

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