New items have rotated onto view in the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s historical exhibition. Located within the original footprint of the North Tower, the historical exhibition tells the story of 9/11 using artifacts, images, first-person testimony and archival audio and video recordings. The exhibition is made up of three sequential parts: the Events of the Day, Before 9/11, and After 9/11.
In Events of the Day, a passport belonging to a survivor staying at the Marriott hotel has been placed on view. Adriana Maluendas carried her Brazilian passport in her purse when she evacuated the New York Marriott World Trade Center hotel on the morning of 9/11 and headed uptown. Upon presenting her passport to staff at a midtown hotel, Maluendas got in touch with her family and confirmed that she had survived.
A transistor radio belonging to a South Tower survivor has also rotated onto view in the Events of the Day section. James Kazalis evacuated from the South Tower on the morning of 9/11. While waiting for a ferry to New Jersey, Kazalis stayed informed about the developing crisis by listening to the news on a transistor radio that he had been carrying in his briefcase.
Compression gloves belonging to Pentagon survivor John Yates can be viewed in the After 9/11 section. During the Pentagon attack, Yates sustained severe burns on more than a third of his body, with the most intense of these injuries to his hands. After two skin graft operations, Yates wore these compression gloves for one year to help prevent scarring.
Recovery worker identification cards have rotated onto view in the After 9/11 section. An access pass, an identification card, and a professional license belonging to Pia Hofmann, a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers who worked at Ground Zero during the rescue and recovery period, will replace three of Hoffmann’s other identification cards that are coming off view for conservation reasons.
Also in the After 9/11 section are a pair of military medals: a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and an Iraq Campaign Medal left here at the 9/11 Memorial. These medals were found on one of the South Pool panels listing victims from the New York City Police Department.
You can find more artifacts in Inside the Collection.
By 9/11 Memorial Staff