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IFC PRESENTS CONTENT AND GOVERNANCE REPORT TO LMDC
Plan Respects Solemnity of Ground Zero, Ensures Creation of Living Memorial
NEW YORK, September 22, 2005 – The International Freedom Center today presented the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation with a detailed report that again makes clear the new institution’s respect for the solemnity of Ground Zero, its commitment to serving as a complement to the World Trade Center Memorial and Memorial Museum, and the vital role it will play in ensuring the creation of a living memorial at the site.
The IFC also announced five additions to its board of directors and an expansion of its Family Advisory Group, and released letters of support from leading museums and historical groups across the country, including the Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum, the New York Historical Society, the National Constitution Center, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
“The World Trade Center Memorial and the Memorial Center Museum are the centerpieces for Ground Zero, honoring those who died on September 11th and offering the families a place to remember and reflect,” IFC chairman Tom A. Bernstein said. “The IFC will serve as a complement to those centerpieces by providing a tangible link between humanity’s greatest idea, freedom, and September 11th and the heroes we lost that day.
“Throughout our history, freedom has been the engine driving the American experience. Since it’s founding, America’s sense of national character – our core identity – has been based foremost on this inspiring idea,” Bernstein said. “By responding to those horrible attacks with a institution dedicated to freedom, we will create a fitting legacy for those we lost by ensuring that generations to come can connect the infamy of September 11th with their own lives and times.”
IFC vice chair Paula Grant Berry, who lost her husband David in the September 11th attacks, said, “We need to do more to commemorate September 11th than simply honor those who died. We need to respond to those acts of terror and hate by honoring the values that they attacked. I can think of no better way to honor my husband than to create a living memorial like the International Freedom Center that will promote these values for years to come.”
The IFC’s Content and Governance Report, which is available at www.ifcwtc.org, is in response to an August 11th request from the LMDC to provide greater detail on the Center’s programming and governance. The LMDC set a deadline for the submission of September 23rd.
The new report is consistent with the IFC’s timely response to every request from the LMDC since first entering the competition more than two years ago that led to its selection as a main tenant of the Cultural Building at Ground Zero. The IFC Report provides much greater detail of the visitor experience at the new institution.
Joining the IFC board are Natan Sharansky, former Soviet dissident and Israeli cabinet official; Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International; Richard Norton Smith, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum; Anne-Marie Slaughter, dean of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; and Sara Bloomfield, director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.
Additions to the IFC’s previously-announced Family Advisory Group include Christopher Burke, brother of Thomas Burke; Carie Lemack, daughter of Judy Larocque; Marilyn Rosenthal, mother of Joshua Rosenthal; and Eugene Steuerle, husband of Norma Lang Steuerle.
The IFC’s exhibits will immediately connect visitors to the attacks on September 11th through an introductory exhibit highlighting the outpouring of support from around world to those attacks, and complete that connection by providing visitors at the end of their tour with a chance to rekindle the spirit of service and civic engagement that was renewed on Sept. 11th by providing ways to serve freedom in a host of ways, both in communities where they live and beyond.
In between, visitors will travel the Freedom Walk, learning about leading figures in history from Frederick Douglass to Gandhi, from George Washington to Andrei Sakharov, as well as those whose names are not well known, like those on Flight 93 who gave their own lives to save countless others on September 11th.
“The hope is that visitors will come away from this experience with an understanding that every person matters in freedom’s story, and that freedom is a profoundly important human idea that must be advanced and safeguarded by committed men and women,” said Peter Kunhardt, co-founder and creative director of the IFC. “We look forward to working with the LMDC to carry out its vision for Ground Zero, articulated many times throughout an extensive public process, and to keep our shared commitment to the Memorial’s mission to ‘strengthen our resolve to preserve freedom, and inspire an end to hatred, ignorance and intolerance.’”
Highlights of the IFC will include:
• THE WORLD AND SEPTEMBER 11TH, an exhibit devoted to the international outpouring of solidarity and sympathy for the victims of September 11th.
• TO BE FREE, an introductory film exploring the links between those who died on September 11th and the historic and ongoing struggles for freedom.
• THE FREEDOM WALK, a grand concourse offering a physical and emotional journey through the history of freedom as a global narrative of hope.
• THE FOUR FREEDOMS, exhibits honoring President Franklin Roosevelt’s “essential freedoms,” conceived at a seminal moment in our nation’s history.
• DOCUMENTING FREEDOM, a tribute to great documents of freedom including the Declaration of Independence, the Magna Carta, and the South African Constitution.
• IN FREEDOM’S SERVICE, exhibits highlighting the men and women who are leading struggles for freedom today, and an interactive network where visitors will be able to volunteer their time and talents to help others in freedom’s cause.
4In one of the letters supporting the IFC and included in the report, Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum Foundation President Robert C. Wilburn, said:
“There are two interpretive approaches that can be pursued for the World Trade Center site. The interpretation could focus only on the events of September 11, 2001 and be a respectful memorial to those who lost their lives. Alternatively, the site could be used to help us better understand the meaning of what happened on this tragic day and to encourage future generations to learn from this experience. I strongly endorsed the International Freedom Center’s efforts to significantly enhance the learning that occurs at this site. We have chosen this approach for Gettysburg. By taking these actions, we believe we do not take away from the remembrance of those who have died but, in fact, give those sacrifices new meaning.”
About the International Freedom Center:
The International Freedom Center is envisioned as an integral part of the living memorial to September 11th at the World Trade Center site. It shares the mission of the World Trade Center Memorial to “strengthen our resolve to preserve freedom, and inspire an end to hatred, ignorance, and intolerance.”
To accomplish this mission, the Center will celebrate freedom as a constantly-evolving world movement in which America has played a leading role. Visitors from around the globe will come to understand that the story of freedom is a narrative of hope, and that September 11th is an essential element of this story, powerfully illustrating that new challenges to freedom will always arise, that freedom’s work remains unfinished, and that there is a place for all of us in this work.
The Center will carry on its work through three major components:
• Museum exhibits will tell personal stories and explore crucial themes in the history of freedom, detailing the contributions of countless individual men, women, and children throughout the ages, including the heroes of September 11th .
• Educational and cultural programs related to the exhibits will stimulate a global conversation to advance freedom’s cause.
• A service and civic engagement network will offer visitors who have been inspired by the IFC’s exhibits the chance to act on behalf of freedom within their own communities and around the world.