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Preserving MIT's Hacks

I very much enjoyed the column by Jennifer Chung '01 which appeared on November 3 ["A Hackless Hall of Hacks?"]. I heartily agree that hacks are an important thread in the cultural fabric of the Institute and have a place on campus. I also, contrary to the impression given by the column, have no intention of making the Museum "hackless".

The question is, where and how should hacks be displayed and preserved? The MIT Museum is evolving into a showcase for MIT innovation - past, present, and future. It will be a place for the wider community to find out what MIT is all about. Hacks are an important and refreshing example of MIT innovation, but are only one of many. With all that is happening at MIT, we feel it would be unfair to permanently devote a very large portion of our limited gallery space to any one facet of Institute activity.

For now, the MIT Hall of Hacks is staying right where it is and where it has been for the past several years - at the MIT Museum. Watch for a special Open House at the Museum during Independent Activities Period when we will be getting out all the hacks in the Museum's collection and when we hope to discuss the future with a cross-section of the MIT community. I invite everyone with an interest in this issue to participate. I hope that with this, and other Museum activities, the MIT community will want to get involved. After all, it is MIT's museum.

Jane Pickering

Director, MIT Museum