The Stories They Tell

In conjunction with special commemorative dates, 9/11 Memorial & Museum staff share in-depth looks into the institution’s key objects, stories and themes.

Free to Museum visitors.

Upcoming Talks in The Stories They Tell Series:

Black History Month

The Vulcan Society
This talk explores the legacy of black firefighters in the New York City Fire Department, highlighting a few of the active duty firefighters killed on 9/11.
Schedule: February 8 and 22, 12:00 p.m.

Valentine’s Day

Letters from Ground Zero
This talk tells the story of letters recovered from the World Trade Center site that belonged to or were found by people who directly experienced the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
Schedule: February 14, 12:00 p.m.

Anniversary of the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing

The Terrorist’s Laptop
This talk uses a seemingly ordinary object on display in the Museum as a point of departure for telling the story of how the 1993 World Trade Center bombing is connected to the 9/11 Plot.
Schedule: February 26, 11:00 a.m. 

The First Attack
This talk tells the story of the 1993 bombing, the first time the World Trade Center was successfully attacked by terrorists who placed a bomb beneath the Twin Towers.
Schedule: February 26, 3:00 p.m.

Anniversary of World Trade Center Opening

Windows on the World
This talk tells the story of several victims who worked at Windows on the World, the renowned restaurant at the top of the World Trade Center’s North Tower.
Schedule: April 4, 12:00 p.m. 

Anniversary of Operation Neptune Spear

SEAL Team Six and the Hunt for bin Laden
This talk discusses the decades-long manhunt for the founder of al-Qaeda and the daring raid that ultimately eliminated Osama bin Laden.
Schedule: May 2, 12:00 p.m.

Mother’s Day

Welles Crowther’s Red Bandana
This talk tells the story of Welles Crowther, the “Man in the Red Bandana,” whose heroism on 9/11 inspired many.
Schedule: May 11, 12:00 p.m.

National Peace Officers Memorial Day

The Security Director
This talk tells the story of John P. O’Neill, a former FBI Agent who aided in the evacuation of the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Schedule: May 15, 12:00 p.m.

Rescue and Recovery Week

The Survivors’ Stairs
This talk tells the story of the Vesey Street Staircase, which served as a key pathway to safety for hundreds on 9/11 and is now a design fixture in the museum.
Schedule: May 29, 12:00 p.m.

Conserving the Last Column
This talk tells the story of the Last Column, the final steel beam ceremonially removed from Ground Zero, and describes how this symbolic artifact is preserved and exhibited in the Museum.
Schedule: May 30, 12:00 p.m.

Bedrock to Infinity
This talk explores how the 9/11 Memorial Museum, set within the foundations of the original World Trade Center, was shaped by recovery operations and historic preservation efforts at Ground Zero.
Schedule: May 31, 12:00 p.m.

The Survivor Glass
This talk tells the story of the South Tower Glass, the only windowpane from the Twin Towers known to have survived 9/11 intact.
Schedule: June 1, 12:00 p.m.

Father’s Day

Karyn’s Wings
This talk explores the legacy of the 9/11 attacks through a flight attendant’s service pin, which traveled from Arkansas to Afghanistan in remembrance of a Flight 11 victim.
Schedule: June 15, 12:00 p.m.


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