Tell Your Story

How did you witness history on September 11, 2001? What do you most remember, and how has it affected your life?

Help the Smithsonian document this historic event by sharing your September 11 experience.

Your story will be permanently archived in the September 11 Digital Archive, a project of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and the American Social History Project at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

Clicking the links below will open the September 11 Digital Archive website, which is not administered by the Smithsonian Institution. The site contains unedited first-person accounts of the events of September 11 and other personal reflections.

Some material may not be suitable for children.

September 11 Digital Archive
View stories or contribute a story.

“I have found one thing to help me get through day by day. I have been telling my story to anyone who wants to hear it.”

Lisa Lefler
World Trade Center survivor