SEPTEMBER 11
BEARING WITNESS TO HISTORY

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Pin made by Museum employee.
Jane Fortune, a National Museum of American History employee and jewelry maker, had a large number of beads on hand. She made up her own pattern for a flag pin instead of using one of the many available on the Internet. She donated the proceeds of the more...


Location: Other
Object #: 2002.0086
Source: Gift of Priscilla Wood


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Safety-pin flag jewelry
Description: These two beaded American flag pins were made soon after September 11.

Context: To show their solidarity, many people produced patriotic items to sell or give to friends and colleagues soon after the terrorist attacks. One of the most popular pieces of post-September 11 craft jewelry was an American flag fashioned out of beads and safety pins. Because so many of these pins were made around the country, many stores sold out of the supplies for making them.



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Pin made by Florida school children
Made in Miami, Florida, this safety-pin flag consists of silver safety pins with large red, white, and blue beads. It was made as a special project after September 11 by a group of children. A volunteer with the religious order that organized the effort [...]
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Curators collected instructions for making safety-pin flags.
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"And then I started noticing the safety pin jewelry."
Shelly Foote
Assistant Chair, Division of Social History




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