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

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.

Latest Posts

New on View: Charles Magee's Skydiving Helmet

August 19, 2019

A parachute rigger during his military service in the Vietnam War, Charles Magee went on to fly his own plane and skydive as a hobby.

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Reservations Open for School Programs at the 9/11 Memorial Museum

August 15, 2019

Fall reservations for school programs at the 9/11 Memorial Museum are now open. For program descriptions, visit our education programs page.

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Now on View: Leonard White's Giraffe Figurine in the Memorial Exhibition

August 12, 2019

When Leonard White saw the elaborate giraffe costumes in a production of The Lion King on Broadway, he began collecting giraffe figurines as well, including the figurine currently on view in the Museum’s memorial exhibition. Nearly 18 years later, White’s family is still collecting giraffe-related memorabilia in his honor.

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Downtown Artist Reflects on Painting Changed by 9/11

August 8, 2019

After 9/11, Naoto Nakagawa found that the work had been transformed by the tragedy. On the canvas, he now saw the star-shaped moss arranged in horizontal bands of color that evoked the American flag. Rather than sunlight, the light permeating the surface represented those who had been killed on 9/11, expressed as shining stars. 

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45 Years Since Philippe Petit's High-Wire Walk Between the Twin Towers

August 7, 2019

During the early morning hours of Aug. 7, 1974, 24-year-old French high-wire artist Philippe Petit took his position at 1,350 feet above ground on the edge of the South Tower. High above the streets of New York, Petit began the 131-foot walk between the Twin Towers with no net.

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An Interpretive Guide Shares How an Early Access Museum Tour Fosters a Special Experience at the 9/11 Memorial Museum

August 1, 2019

Beau Wilson, a senior museum interpretive guide at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, sat down to tell us about his experience leading this intimate morning tour of the museum space.

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"Faces of Hope" Subjects Visit 9/11 Memorial & Museum

July 29, 2019

On July 19, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum welcomed 17 visiting teenagers affiliated with the “Faces of Hope” project, which tracks the unfolding lives of children born on Sept. 11, 2001, in all 50 U.S. states. 

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Preserving the Memory of 9/11 Through the Memorials Registry

July 25, 2019

The Memorials Registry tracks the creation of public 9/11 memorials around the world, effectively documenting both the enduring global impact of the attacks and the diverse ways in which communities across the world have come together in a display of resilience in the face of tragedy and aching tribute to those lost.

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The Role of Artists in the Story of 9/11

July 24, 2019

In the years following the attacks, many 9/11 family members have donated art created by their loved ones. Some of these items are currently on display in the memorial exhibition or featured in the Artists Registry.

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Waking Up Grateful: Paige Farley-Hackel’s Gratitude List Now on View in Memorial Exhibition

July 19, 2019

On view in the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s memorial exhibition is a sample of Paige’s gratitude list from a notebook donated to the Museum by her husband. 

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