The MEMO Blog

The official blog of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum features stories of commemoration and memorialization, and information on our public programs, special events, and ways to get involved.

Dozens of square tiles that are varying shades of blue are seen up close in Memorial Hall.
Photo by Dan Winters

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Welcoming Students to the Museum Through Virtual Field Trips

January 13, 2022

Reservations are now open for Spring 2022 virtual field trips! Led by Education staff, these tours allow students to explore the Memorial & Museum no matter where in the world they are. Thanks to public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York City classes may participate free of charge. 

A Care Package of Smiles from Texas

January 11, 2022

Fifth-graders in Texas sent us a very special care package after learning about September 11 and its ongoing impact. Their teacher Emily Gardner spoke to us about the importance of this lesson, both historically and emotionally. 

The Crystal Ball of Hope

December 31, 2021

We look back on the very special crystal ball that came to define the 2001 New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square, and which is now part of the Museum's collection. 

Ephemera: "Faces of Ground Zero"

December 30, 2021

The third guest post by collector Michael Ragsdale, who focuses on New York City event-specific ephemera from the period following September 11, features the brochure from the 2002 Rockefeller Center exhibit "Faces of Ground Zero." 

Ephemera: Sustaining Our Healing Spirit

December 27, 2021

We continue our series of guest posts by collector Michael Ragsdale, who focuses on New York City event-specific ephemera from the period following September 11. In this second installment, Ragsdale shares the story behind an autographed flyer for a talk given by Carl Hammerschlag, MD. 

Christmas on Top of the World

December 25, 2021

Windows on the World menus from Christmases past offer perspective this holiday season, the same way the legendary restaurant did with its views. 

Ephemera: David Halberstam Autograph

December 22, 2021

We kick off a series of guest posts by collector Michael Ragsdale, who focuses on New York City event-specific ephemera from the period following September 11. In our first installment, Ragsdale highlights a videotape autographed by David Halberstam. 

Save the Date: 9/11 Memorial & Museum 5K Run/Walk

December 15, 2021

Newly announced: our 5K Walk/Run is back in-person this year! It'll take place on Sunday, April 24, so save the date and stay tuned for registration details. 

In Milestone Anniversary Year, Army-Navy Rivalry Game Takes On New Layer of Meaning

December 10, 2021

No matter what happens on the football field, the 131-year-old rivalry between the Army Black Knights and the Navy Midshipmen will always have sportsmanship, teamwork, and camaraderie at its core. 

Vernacular Art Connects 9/11 and Pearl Harbor

December 7, 2021

Following September 11, the artist and photographer Jonathan C. Hyman set out to document the country's vernacular artistic response to the attacks. For the next 10+ years, he took thousands of pictures of tributes painted on public and private property in Maine, Florida, Illinois, and all points in between. Now, on the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, we speak with Hyman and spotlight a few of the photos that thematically tie the World War II tragedy to 9/11.