oral history

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 »

A view unlike any other at the 9/11 Memorial

I'm in a unique position. I see the arrivals of  most of the guests for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.They walk by the receiving desk at the lower Manhattan office on their way for construction updates, oral history appointments or consultations on exhibition design.  As they file pass me at breakneck speed, I'm always left with the sense that they're unaware of how many people who have visited this office, people as deeply involved as they are.  Read more »


This morning, the Board of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation approved $2.29 million in funds to help support key elements of the Museum's exhibitions, including the Introductory Exhibition which is rendered above. The funds will make possible the development of multimedia displays authentic voices of those who experienced and survived the attacks. A core component of the exhibition will feature firsthand accounts using audio recordings, including  Read more »

Touching debut of '9/11, Today and Tomorrow' speakers series, RSVP now for next event (Updated)

StoryCorps founder Dave Isay opened the new "9/11, Today and Tomorrow" speakers series at the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site with powerful audio recordings that triggered emotion, drew smiles and inspired hope.  One of the recordings was a heartfelt remembrance of a youngster who lost his beloved grandfather on 9/11.If you missed this event, don't worry. Isay's presentation and other events in the new series can be viewed in HD online at  Read more »

Come listen to a UNIQUE COLLECTION OF 9/11 AUDIO RECORDINGS (Updated X2)

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  Read more »

9/11 Oral Historian Hears Tales of Terror, Stories of Courage

We tend to go through a lot of tissues around here. I often joke that the 9/11 Memorial should partner with Kleenex, or I should invest in commercial tissue stock. I am one of two oral historians at the 9/11 Memorial Museum.  I've conducted more than 150 interviews  Read more »