In remembrance of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center two decades ago, the Moffett Library hosts a visual display of posters and memorabilia on the second floor titled “September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World”.
“The New York City 9/11 Museum provided the 14 posters, but the American Library Association is promoting the 20e anniversary series to better educate students in schools and libraries about 9/11, ”said Alissa Russell, Special Collections Librarian. “Everything in the wardrobe is from our special collections and the posters are theirs – the 9/11 museum.”
The museum aims to educate and expand knowledge of the legacy of 9/11 to a younger generation. The exhibition presents the history of September 11 and its origins. Students can view archival photographs of the wreckage of the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. The posters contain an image of a wristwatch worn by a passenger that was recovered from the crash site of Flight 93. The date of the watch still reads 11. The museum centers the images to learn more about the September 11 beyond what young students have learned in school.
“It was definitely at school the first time I heard of 9/11. It didn’t affect me much as we continue to hear about it every year. Growing up I learned more and more, like when you are younger you don’t understand death and man-made disasters, ”said Kaitlyn Postell, freshman biology student.
The poster exhibition depicts the lasting consequences of terrorism; how lives have been changed. The posters also inspire students to think critically about the attacks from a different perspective and help students discover the historical changes it has had on our country.
“It’s a big birthday. As the title suggests, it changed the world. And the younger students don’t seem to remember it, so they don’t realize how much the world has changed overnight, ”said Russell.
The world changed that day. This exhibit attempts to answer the question: how can younger students remember when they were too small or unborn to understand what happened that day? This exhibit also sheds light on why a line was drawn and why our US intelligence services changed, before September 11 and after September 11. A new generation can explore the story that started the “war on terror”.
“I have always been a lover of history. My parents, because my mother is in the military, we have always lived all over the world. I remember Pearl Harbor. I always had this image in mind, the videos, but it was military. This [9/11] being civilians, it was shocking, ”Russell said.
The 9/11 Memories in the Moffett Library Special Collections display case consist of the September 12, 2001 issue of the Wall Street Journal front page and a commemorative page from the 2002 Wai-Kun yearbook Also included in the cabinet is a popular magazine spread over a photo of smoke billowing from the South Tower. The articles tell stories through different media, but let us find out what it has been like over the years.
“When I see photos, it’s like the Holocaust to me; it’s very sad. I hear people telling their stories when they were there, it’s very heartbreaking, even though it was so long ago, ”Postell said.
Inside the cabinet are a variety of items available in the library, including DVDs. The popular book, “Falling Towers” by Jewel Parker Rhodes, is a well-known young adult novel that is making headlines across the country because of the method used to describe terrorist attacks to a younger generation. There is also a librarian’s list of recommended movies to stream on 9/11. The list includes “Worth” and “World Trade Center” both on Netflix. Other streaming movies recommended by Russell are “The Report” on Amazon Prime and “The Looming Tower” on Hulu. The memorial exhibit was put together with a special touch by Russell and can be viewed by everyone on campus.
“I have two family members who were in the military and my brother has been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq twice, so this 9/11 memorial is a bit personal to me,” Russell said. “I feel like it was yesterday and I feel like it’s been 20 years sometimes. “