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September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed The World

This educational exhibition recounts the events of September 11, 2001, through the personal stories of those who witnessed and survived the attacks. Told across 14 posters displayed in each campus Library, this exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s permanent collection.


Below are modules from the 9/11 Primer created by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum that describe the events, provide primary sources and suggested reading lists for children and adults, and feature videos of survivor's stories.  

Module 1: Events of 9/11

Module 2: Antecedents of 9/11

Module 3: The History of the World Trade Center

Module 4: Solidarity After 9/11

Module 5: Memorializing 9/11

Module 6: Repercussions of 9/11

Additional Sites to Explore

The National Museum of American History - September 11: An Evolving Legacy

The Museum of Modern Art - September 11

Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress

The New York State Museum - The World Trade Center: Rescue, Recovery, Response

Online Events

Hidden Stories, Hidden Voices: Portraits of Manhattan's Chinatown 
Wednesday, September 1, 7 - 8:30 PM  

Join the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History for a conversation with members of the Manhattan Chinatown community exploring the long-lasting effects of the September 11 attacks. This discussion will focus on health, economic, and societal effects as shared through first-hand accounts of community members. This program is hosted collaboratively by the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, the Museum of Chinese in America, and the National Museum of American History. Register for "Portraits of Manhattan's Chinatown"


Hidden Stories, Hidden Voices: Art in the Aftermath
Thursday, September 9, 7 - 8:30 PM  

Whether through documentary photographs or fine art, artists have been telling the story of how September 11 affected their communities. Through their practice, they were able to capture not only a historical recording of the immediate aftermath of the attacks, but the intense spectrum of emotions and incredible community resiliency in the face of immense adversity. Come listen to these artists as they share their stories of how their experiences of September 11 shaped their artistry, community, and the world at large. This program is hosted collaboratively by the Museum of Chinese in America, El Museo del Barrio, and the National Museum of American History. Register for "Art in the Aftermath"


Hidden Stories, Hidden Voices: Latinx Empowerment after the Attacks
Friday, September 10, 7 - 8:30 PM 

Join us as members of the New York City Latinx community share their experiences navigating complex immigration policy, worsening health effects, and socioeconomic challenges while serving the city as first responders, volunteers, organizers, and caregivers. This panel will build on the museum’s New York City 9-11 Collecting Initiative to highlight the stories of the Latina/o/x experience in the September 11 narrative.  This program is hosted collaboratively by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, the Consulate General of Mexico in New York, the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington D.C., and the National Museum of American History. Register for "Latinx Empowerment after the Attacks"


9/11 Memorial Museum Commemoration in Schools Program: 20 Years Later
September 10 and 11, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. -

Participants will view a film highlighting first-person accounts of the attacks and their aftermath. The stories from six diverse speakers include West Point graduate Carlton Shelley II, retired FNDY firefighter Bill Spade and his son, John Spade, who was two months old at the time of the attacks, retired Port Authority police officer Will Jimeno, and lifelong friends and 9/11 family members Brielle Saracini and Cait Leavey.

On September 10 & 11 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT, 9/11 Memorial Education staff will be available via live chat to answer student questions in real-time. Access the live chat feature by clicking the blue icon on the bottom right corner of the screen. Due to the large volume of participants, we cannot guarantee all questions will be answered. The post-webinar activities are designed to explore the themes discussed during the program in more detail.