National September 11 Memorial & Museum

by on September 11, 2010

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National September 11 Memorial & Museum

September 11th, 2001 was supposed to be a great day for me. I was a senior in high school, and through the intricacies of my school’s scheduling system, I only had two classes scheduled that day. I was going to be out of there before 11 AM. Things didn’t go as planned, as the Head of the School made an unexpected appearance during morning announcements (the school was small enough that we could all meet in one large room). Something terrible had happened, but it wasn’t quite clear how bad it actually was. A couple friends and I immediately went to the beach across the street from our school. We knew that on a clear day you could see the Twin Towers, and September 11, 2001 was as clear as they come. We watched as a mass of smoke obscured the New York City skyline, and we listened to radio reports of what was going on. Luckily, many of the things that were reported on the radio about other possible attacks weren’t true, and the magnitude of the casualties from the attacks weren’t nearly as bad as we first feared (we thought there might be 50,000 dead in New York City alone). Still, there was a feeling of terror that none of us had ever faced before. I spent much of the day with other classmates, some close friends and some not so close. We went to another beach, watched the news at someone’s house, and went to a church service. September 11th is one of the days that has defined the world that I grew up in, and it’s likely that you feel the same way. It’s a day that I will always remember, which is why I am happy to see the National September 11 Memorial & Museum progressing. It’s supposed to open a year from today, and I’ll certainly visit once it’s open on the Ground Zero site.

What Do You Remember?

This year’s anniversary has come with much more angst and contentiousness than I remember from previous September 11ths. I still don’t think that our country has fully processed and absorbed what happened nine years ago today. I think that the National September 11 Memorial & Museum will help to put things in perspective. This morning I came across an online account of an early tour of the yet to open Memorial, and I urge you to take a look. The Wikipedia article on the Memorial also gives some good background on the project. Beyond being the name for the Memorial, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum is also a non-profit organization that is “responsible for oversight of the design, raising the necessary funds, programming and operating the Memorial & Museum being built at the World Trade Center site.” This means that they do, indeed, have internships, which you can find here. If you were greatly affected by 9/11, then you should browse through their open positions. They offer unpaid positions in Collections Management, Digital Preservation, Exhibition Content Management, Exhibition Development, Exhibition Media, Memorial Exhibition Oral History Review, Oral History, Public Affairs, and Public Programming and Education, so there are lots of options.

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