The National September 11 Memorial & Museum and StoryCorps are sharing with the public recorded 9/11 remembrances and a rotating exhibition of artifacts at the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site, 20 Vesey St., in Manhattan. Check out some of those recordings and a story in The New York Times. The above Fox 5 video on the listening station features Amy Weinstein, an associate curator and oral historian for the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Weinstein and fellow oral historian Jenny Pachucki are working to record 9/11 remembrances - including one for each of the nearly 3,000 attack victims - for a future memorial exhibition. The recordings will also be archived for historical research.
The new listening station at the Preview Site allows visitors to hear memorable 9/11 stories. They can also record their own stories to share with the world in an adjacent sound-proof booth. 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels said he's hopeful the listening station will encourage others with similar remembrances to participate in helping the 9/11 Memorial Museum record the history of Sept. 11. UPDATE: Joe spent the morning of March 30 in an interview with NY1, discussing the listening station and the progress of the 9/11 Memorial, which opens next year. Hear what all Joe had to say right here.
UPDATE X2: DNAinfo.com wrote a story about the booth as part of a multimedia report.
9/11 Memorial Museum Director Alice M. Greenwald said, “The earliest human civilizations used storytelling to pass down traditions, knowledge, information and history. Today this practice continues to be an important source of documenting historical events. This is perhaps no more evident than with the vast collection of 9/11 oral histories offering a glimpse into the 102 minutes that steered humanity into a new social direction and reshaped the world view.”
By Michael Frazier, Sr. Communications Manager for the 9/11 Memorial