SEPTEMBER 11
BEARING WITNESS TO HISTORY

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"...this was their thank-you to the museum."
Shelly Foote

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"...we're much more comfortable collecting artifacts that are clearly historical..."
Peter Liebhold
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"Preservation for posterity, whose uses we can't even, or ought to imagine"
David Shayt





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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...