Peter Liebhold
September 11 Collecting Curator
Museum Specialist, Division of the History of Technology

"...we're much more comfortable collecting artifacts that are clearly historical..."
Generally we're much more comfortable collecting artifacts that are clearly historical, and while everyone thinks that September 11 is a major point in American history, it's not really clear what its importance is, how big it is, or if this was an isolated circumstance. It makes it very difficult for us to put it into its correct place and because of that to know what objects would illustrate those stories that are the most important.