oral history

Personal Stories Connect Military Community to 9/11

(L-R) Master Sgt. Bubba Beason and Kathleen Santora while on active duty in the Middle East. (L-R) Master Sgt. Bubba Beason and Kathleen Santora while on active duty in the Middle East.

In honor of the upcoming five-day Salute to Service and Veterans Day, listen to two oral histories from veterans who dedicated their military service to those killed on 9/11.  Read more »

WTC Pioneer Guy Tozzoli, 90, dies

Archive photo of the 110-story twin skyscrapers. (Photo by Fernando Zaccaria) Archive photo of the 110-story twin skyscrapers. (Photo by Fernando Zaccaria)

Guy Tozzoli, who oversaw the design and construction of the original World Trade Center as the Port Authority director, has died. He was 90.  Read more »

Help Preserve Memories

Rendering of In Memoriam (rendering by Thinc Design with Local Projects) Rendering of In Memoriam (rendering by Thinc Design with Local Projects)

The 9/11 Memorial Museum is gathering recorded oral histories from family and friends to remember every victim of 9/11.  Read more »

A 9/11 Story of Love and Loss

Susan Rossinow with her husband, Norman, at their April 2001 engagement party. Norman died on 9/11. (Photo courtesy of 9/11 Memorial Museum collection, Gift of Susan in memory of my husband Norman Rossinow.) Susan Rossinow with her husband, Norman, at their April 2001 engagement party. Norman died on 9/11. (Photo courtesy of 9/11 Memorial Museum collection, Gift of Susan in memory of my husband Norman Rossinow.)

The widow of 9/11 victim Norman Rossinow recounts how the couple met and fell in love.    Read more »

Army Sgt. Serving in Afghanistan Honors Wish of 9/11 Victim's Father

Army 1st. Sgt. Mark Baker wore a pair of flight attendant wings while serving in Afghanistan in honor of an airline attendant killed on 9/11. (Courtesy photo) Army 1st. Sgt. Mark Baker wore a pair of flight attendant wings while serving in Afghanistan in honor of an airline attendant killed on 9/11. (Courtesy photo)

An Army sergeant who wore a pair of flight attendant wings while serving in Afghanistan in honor of an American Airlines Flight 11 attendant gave an oral history about the wings to the 9/11 Memorial Museum.  Read more »

Audio: Teachers recall evacuating children from public elementary school on 9/11

Listen to a group of teachers and administrators recall their experiences evacuating school children from their classrooms at PS 234, a public elementary school located a few blocks from the World Trade Center site in the downtown Manhattan neighborhood of Tribeca. Listen >>By 9/11 Memorial Staff  Read more »

Paramedic thanks visitors on first responders' day

Last Saturday, hundreds of first responders from across the country, who worked on the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, gathered for a day of reunion and remembrance.  Hundreds of visitors came out to show their support during the First Responders' Day events, which featured a parade, a concert, workshops and many other commemorative activities.Education and Partnerships Manager Katie Gora and I posted ourselves at the  Read more »

Teaching 9/11 to students, to the world

On a recent Saturday, the 9/11 Memorial Museum staff collaborated with the United Federation of Teachers, or UFT, in an open house event at the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site, 20 Vesey St. We hosted a panel with New York City teachers, who have used our resources to create dynamic and inspiring 9/11 teaching tools for their classes. Additionally, we presented plans for the memorial museum and highlighted available educational resources.Included in those resources are  Read more »

Photographer recounts surviving WTC collapse

Independent photojournalist Catherine Leuthold had survived the collapse of the World Trade Center's south tower.Feeling uncertain about whether she would escape what was to come in the attack, she sought a reflective surface. She found a large mirror, pointed her camera at it and snapped a shot."I took this picture in a deli on Broadway across from St. Paul's (Church) to document that I had survived the first (tower) collapse, and if anything happened to me they would find my camera and film for ID purposes," Leuthold recalled.  Read more »

Share Your 9/11 Story With Us, With the World

Sharing a story inside a StoryCorps recording booth. (Photo by Tony Rinaldo) Do you have a 9/11 story to share?Since 2006, oral historians Jenny Pachucki and Amy Weinstein of the 9/11 Memorial Museum have been working to collect recordings chronicling the events of the attacks of September 11, 2001. From first responders and city officials to teachers and architects, about 400 people have donated their time and contributed a 9/11 story.  Read more »