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Historical society, artist preserve 'Subway Therapy' notes

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FILE- In this Nov. 11, 2016 file photo, a commuter takes a photo of the "Subway Therapy" wall, in New York. Matthew Chavez, who goes by the artist name Levee, started the installation in the underground passageway that connects two subway lines, where people were encouraged to leave their feelings about the presidential election written on sticky notes. Artist Matthew Chavez started carefully removing the notes on Friday, Dec. 16 so they can be archived by the New-York Historical Society for a program called History Responds. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) © The Associated Press FILE- In this Nov. 11, 2016 file photo, a commuter takes a photo of the "Subway Therapy" wall, in New York. Matthew Chavez, who goes by the artist name Levee, started the installation in the underground passageway that connects two subway lines, where people were encouraged to leave their feelings about the presidential election written on sticky notes. Artist Matthew Chavez started carefully removing the notes on Friday, Dec. 16 so they can be archived by the New-York Historical Society for a program called History Responds. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The subway sticky notes that New Yorkers used to express their thoughts about the future of the nation after last month's election will be preserved in a museum, officials announced Friday.

FILE- In this Nov. 11, 2016 file photo, sticky notes are seen on the "Subway Therapy" wall in New York. Conceived by a New York City artist in an underground passageway that connects two subway lines, people were encouraged to leave their feelings about the presidential election written on sticky notes. The work is being removed from the wall by the artist and transferred to the New York Historical Society, where it will be preserved. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) © The Associated Press FILE- In this Nov. 11, 2016 file photo, sticky notes are seen on the "Subway Therapy" wall in New York. Conceived by a New York City artist in an underground passageway that connects two subway lines, people were encouraged to leave their feelings about the presidential election written on sticky notes. The work is being removed from the wall by the artist and transferred to the New York Historical Society, where it will be preserved. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

The installation called "Subway Therapy" will be housed at The New-York Historical Society on Manhattan's upper west side, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.

FILE- In this Nov. 11, 2016 file photo, a commuter places a sticky note on the "Subway Therapy" wall in New York. A New York City artist started the installation in the underground passageway that connects two subway lines, where people were encouraged to leave their feelings about the presidential election written on sticky notes. Artist Matthew Chavez started carefully removing the notes on Friday, Dec. 16 so they can be archived by the New-York Historical Society for a program called History Responds. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) © The Associated Press FILE- In this Nov. 11, 2016 file photo, a commuter places a sticky note on the "Subway Therapy" wall in New York. A New York City artist started the installation in the underground passageway that connects two subway lines, where people were encouraged to leave their feelings about the presidential election written on sticky notes. Artist Matthew Chavez started carefully removing the notes on Friday, Dec. 16 so they can be archived by the New-York Historical Society for a program called History Responds. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Thousands of people have left messages in subway stations and tunnels since artist Matthew Levee Chavez created the project after the Nov. 8 election.

FILE- In this Nov. 11, 2016 file photo, Matthew Chavez, center, who goes by the artist name Levee, talks to commuters about the messages posted on the "Subway Therapy" wall, in New York. Levee started the installation in the underground passageway that connects two New York City subway lines, where people were encouraged to leave their feelings about the presidential election written on sticky notes. Once removed from the site, the work will be preserved by the New York Historical Society. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) © The Associated Press FILE- In this Nov. 11, 2016 file photo, Matthew Chavez, center, who goes by the artist name Levee, talks to commuters about the messages posted on the "Subway Therapy" wall, in New York. Levee started the installation in the underground passageway that connects two New York City subway lines, where people were encouraged to leave their feelings about the presidential election written on sticky notes. Once removed from the site, the work will be preserved by the New York Historical Society. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Chavez said he felt New Yorkers needed a place to vent their emotions after the election of Republican Donald Trump, whom few city residents supported.

FILE- In this Nov. 11, 2016 file photo, a commuter places a sticky note on the "Subway Therapy" wall, in New York. Started by a New York City artist in an underground passageway that connects two subway lines, people were encouraged to leave their feelings about the presidential election written on sticky notes. Artist Matthew Chavez started carefully removing the notes on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, so they can be archived by the New-York Historical Society for a program called History Responds. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) © The Associated Press FILE- In this Nov. 11, 2016 file photo, a commuter places a sticky note on the "Subway Therapy" wall, in New York. Started by a New York City artist in an underground passageway that connects two subway lines, people were encouraged to leave their feelings about the presidential election written on sticky notes. Artist Matthew Chavez started carefully removing the notes on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, so they can be archived by the New-York Historical Society for a program called History Responds. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

The project quickly became a forum for New Yorkers and visitors to express their thoughts and feelings.

One note read: "You will not divide us. Love is everything." Another said, "It doesn't end today."

The museum will preserve a selection of notes as part of its History Responds program.

Beginning Tuesday through Inauguration Day on January 20, 2017, members of the public can continue to participate in the project by placing sticky notes on the glass wall inside the museum's front entrance.

Chavez said he is "thrilled that we have found a way to work together to move the project and preserve it for others to experience in the future."

"I started the project so people could have a channel to express their thoughts, feel less alone, and also become exposed to opinions different than their own," Chavez said.

New-York Historical Society president Louise Mirrer said museum officials are happy to preserve the sticky notes for future generations. She said that ephemeral items "can become vivid historical documents."

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