Jim Gardner
Project Director, September 11: Bearing Witness to History
Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs

"...think about who we are and what our nation stands for."
The collection that we've assembled at the Museum of American History really grows out of our commitment to being stewards of the nation's memory, of recognizing that role. We are the nation's history museum and collecting around September 11 is part of that larger responsibility.

The particular collection we have will join the nation's collections, will be part of that national collections, and part of that story of exploring what it has meant to be an American, and how that changes over time. How events like September 11 cause us to pause and think about who we are and what our nation stands for.