SEPTEMBER 11
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Page from Community Remembrance Book.


Location: Other
Object #: 2003.0143
Source: Gift of the City of Mountain View


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Community Remembrance Book
Description: This book contains over 300 messages and drawings from the citizens of Mountain View, California.

Context: Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, people across the nation and around the world sought ways to express their condolences and solidarity. Many communities held candlelight vigils, built memorials, and compiled books of remembrance.

The city of Mountain View, California, collected thoughts by local residents and drawings by area children. Over 300 of these thoughts were bound into a single volume. The book represents one town’s efforts to cope with the horror of the attack and come closer together as a community.


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Mountain View, California, pamphlet
The town of Mountain View is located in California's Silicon Valley. The prosperous town of 70,000 is home to many high technology corporations.
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Community Remembrance Book
Shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, Mountain View city officials put a blank album in the rotunda area of City Hall. They also collected written thoughts and drawings from local residents regarding the events of the day and bound them [...]
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Child's drawing
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Page from Community Remembrance Book
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Page from Community Remembrance Book

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