Ground Zero

9/11 Memorial Docent Finds Healing in Volunteering

Sonia Agron, a 9/11 Memorial Museum docent, shows a visitor the virtual interactive for the Last Column in Foundation Hall. Sonia Agron, a 9/11 Memorial Museum docent, shows a visitor the virtual interactive for the Last Column in Foundation Hall.

A lifelong New York resident Sonia Agron volunteers as a 9/11 Memorial Museum docent years after volunteering as a recovery worker at ground zero after 9/11.  Read more »

K9 for Kids Returns to Museum This Fall

Chance, a disaster relief K9, with museum visitors in the Education Center at the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Photo by Jin Lee. Chance, a disaster relief K9, with museum visitors in the Education Center at the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Photo by Jin Lee.

Disaster relief canine Chance will be at the 9/11 Memorial Museum for the K9 for Kids program, beginning this October, in the Education Center.  Read more »

First Fall Programs Booked Week After Debut

Former U.S. Navy SEAL Team 6 member Robert O'Neill speaks during a public program. Photo by Jin Lee. Former U.S. Navy SEAL Team 6 member Robert O'Neill speaks during a public program. Photo by Jin Lee.

The 9/11 Memorial Museum's first two fall programs have sold out just one week after the new programs calendar was announced.  Read more »

The Lens: Capturing Life and Events at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Steel cross beams known as the Cross at Ground Zero installed in the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Photo: Jin Lee. Steel cross beams known as the Cross at Ground Zero installed in the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Photo: Jin Lee.

The Lens: Capturing Life and Events at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.  Read more »

From the Collection: Symbols Forged From WTC Steel

World Trade Center symbol steel beam. Photo: Amy Dreher. World Trade Center symbol steel beam. Photo: Amy Dreher.

“What I had done for the families, me and my crew, when we had a little slack time we would cut out some crosses . . . and when they came down, we would give those crosses to the families. And they loved it, they really appreciated it. And it made us feel good,” said Ironworker William Quinlan on making symbol steel.  Read more »

Photographer Tells Story Behind Mobile Memorial "Johnny’s Hot Dog Truck"

“Johnny Perna’s Hot Dog Truck” Staten Island, 2003 Photograph by Jonathan C. Hyman. Graphics by Jimbo “Johnny Perna’s Hot Dog Truck” Staten Island, 2003 Photograph by Jonathan C. Hyman. Graphics by Jimbo

Listen as photographer Jonathan C. Hyman discusses the story behind his photograph titled “Johnny Perna's Hot Dog Truck,” which is on view in the 9/11 Memorial Museum.  Read more »

Honoring a Fallen Responder and his Father's Devotion

Jonathan Ielpi, FDNY Squad 288 (Gift of Ielpi Family), and white birthday rose at 9/11 Memorial. Jonathan Ielpi, FDNY Squad 288 (Gift of Ielpi Family), and white birthday rose at 9/11 Memorial.

Today, 9/11 Memorial staff placed a white rose in the name of Jonathan Lee Ielpi on the bronze parapets of the south pool in honor of his birthday. Lee Ielpi spent months searching through the debris at Ground Zero. In December 2001, his son’s remains were found and he carried Jonathan out of the debris pile.  Read more »

'The Stories They Tell': Conserving the Last Column

Assistant Conservator Maureen Merrigan treating the Last Column (Photo: Jin Lee) Assistant Conservator Maureen Merrigan treating the Last Column (Photo: Jin Lee)

To thousands of Ground Zero recovery workers, the Last Column represents a symbol of resilience after 9/11. Assistant Conservator Maureen Merrigan recently discussed the work involved with preserving the column as a part of “The Stories They Tell,” a live talk Museum program.  Read more »

Auction of 9/11 Steel Halted in Virginia

Beams from the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Copyright, The Roanoke Times, reprinted by permission. Beams from the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Copyright, The Roanoke Times, reprinted by permission.

The auction of a 9/11 memorial in Salem, Va. was halted after 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels urged to protect it.  Read more »

9/11 Memorial Staff Member Remembers Ground Zero Recovery

Lou Mendes, VP Facilites for 9/11 Memorial (Photo: Jin Lee) Lou Mendes, VP Facilites for 9/11 Memorial (Photo: Jin Lee)

Lou Mendes is the Executive Vice President of Design, Construction and Facilities at the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Mendes is one of three staff members who worked on both the recovery effort at Ground Zero and the construction and operation of the Memorial and Museum.  Read more »