SEPTEMBER 11
BEARING WITNESS TO HISTORY

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"There is a kind of optimism about human nature that comes through..."
Helena Wright

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"...as they become history rather than current event, we will be able to let the collections grow..."
Peter Liebhold
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"...people were coming in from Japan to see that site and to leave offerings at the location..."
Peter Liebhold





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This crumpled piece of exterior sheathing from the World Trade Center was recovered from the debris pile...
Jules Naudet used this camera to film the only known footage of the first airplane hitting the north...
This fused clump of presentation coins and a fire-scarred medallion were recovered from the damaged offices...
New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani used this cell phone on September 11, 2001...