Book Belonging to Norma Steuerle Now on View in the Memorial Exhibition

A composite image of a book, "Meditations on Silence" by Sister Wendy Beckett resting on a gray surface (left) and woman in a pink T-shirt standing in front of a tree and smiling for the camera (right).
Left: Book belonging to Norma Lang Steuerle. Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum, Gift of Norma Lang Steuerle’s family in memory of Norma Lang Steuerle. Photo by Michael Hnatov. Right: Norma Steuerle.

Norma Steuerle, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, lived most of her adult life in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, Eugene, and their two daughters. Steuerle was a clinical psychologist with her own practice and spent much of her free time volunteering at community service events through her church. One church program, a discussion and reflection group, was the beginning of several deep and lasting friendships. Steuerle and her husband met with other couples regularly for 22 years to talk about books, articles, and films. Steuerle was an enthusiastic host known for sharing thoughtful and honest reflections on the month’s topic. Meditations on Silence by Sister Wendy Beckett was one of Steuerle’s book selections and was donated to the Museum by her family.

On September 11, 2001, Steuerle boarded Flight 77 from Washington Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles on the first leg of a trip to Japan, where she was meeting her husband and daughter for vacation.

The selection of artifacts currently on view in the memorial exhibition all speak to the hobbies, writings, or drawings of 19 of the victims of the September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 terror attacks. These artifacts will remain on view in the gallery for one year. Visitors to In Memoriam can learn more about each of the 2,983 people killed on 9/11 and in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center by exploring the interactive tables in the gallery.

Anyone interested in donating materials in memory of a loved one—objects, photographs or audio remembrances—is encouraged to contact collections@911memorial.org.

By 9/11 Memorial Staff

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