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Monday, January 9, 2005
WTC MEMORIAL FOUNDATION ASKS PUBLIC TO SHARE 9/11 STORIES FOR MEMORIAL MUSEUM ARCHIVE
Launches “Story Builders” on www.buildthememorial.org
The WTC Memorial Foundation today launched “Story Builders” which asks the public to submit personal 9/11 stories online as part of an effort to build a permanent digital archive for the Memorial Museum. Visitors to the Foundation’s website, www.buildthememorial.org, are encouraged to use “Story Builders” to share their own experiences and reflections of September 11th and its aftermath. Submissions will be highlighted on the Foundation’s website until they are transferred to a permanent digital archive in the Memorial Museum, which is slated to open in 2009.
“People from New York City to Canada, California and China experienced September 11th and have stories of courage, kindness, and tolerance to share,” said WTC Memorial Foundation President and CEO Gretchen Dykstra said. “The “Story Builders” archive will allow people around the world to contribute to this digital legacy and have their story included in the Memorial Museum. These personal remembrances will form a comprehensive historical record which will honor the story of September 11th through reflections from both near and far.
“We look forward to working with Columbia University which has already gathered an extensive collection of 9/11 stories through its oral history program,” Ms. Dykstra said.
The Foundation is asking families, survivors, those who were personally involved in the events, and the general public to submit stories and photographs. The Foundation will review all submissions before posting them online. “Story Builders” allows users to search the archive by subject, author, and date.
The World Trade Center Memorial Museum will commemorate the events of September 11th, 2001 and February 26, 1993 through multi-layered exhibitions. The Museum’s objective is to educate, inform, and inspire visitors by telling the individual stories of those lost in the attacks and the contributions from around the world toward the rescue, recovery, and relief efforts. Artifacts and exhibits in the Memorial Museum will range from personal objects marking everyday life in the Twin Towers to steel rescued from the wreckage of the site to witnesses’ accounts of the devastation. A central exhibition will weave together the story of September 11th and February 26th, drawing on multiple perspectives and documentation to recount life in the towers leading up the disaster, the events of September 11th, the immediate aftermath and the world-wide response.
ABOUT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation established to raise funds as well as build and operate the Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site.
The Memorial, “Reflecting Absence,” will remember and honor the thousands of people who died in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001 and recognize the endurance of those who survived, the courage of those who risked their lives to save others, and the compassion of all who cared. Donations can be made through the Foundation’s website, and more information on the Foundation can be found at www.buildthememorial.org.
Construction on the World Trade Center Memorial and Museum is expected to commence in the spring of 2006, with completion slated in 2009.
Contact: The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation at 212-312-8800