SEPTEMBER 11
BEARING WITNESS TO HISTORY

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"Airplanes made this happen, so we could not ignore the airplanes..."
David Shayt

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"Objects are witness to the fact that something did exist in the past"
Helena Wright
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"...not the sort of thing we would collect unless it had some extraordinary, iridescent story."
David Shayt





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The design of this poster, titled Rise Above, evokes the composition of the American flag with...
This directional flyer, handed out by tollbooth operators at the Somerset exit on the Pennsylvania Turnpike,...
This cloth napkin came from Wild Blue, a steakhouse located in the North Tower of the World Trade Center...
This scorched eagle finial from an office flagpole was recovered from the wreckage at the Pentagon....