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Posted on: September 1, 2021

9/11 Memorial & Museum's Exhibit at the Library

September 11, 2001: The Day that changed the world

September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World

September 1, 2021

The Lewiston City Library is excited to announce its participation in September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World, a downloadable educational exhibition that presents the history of 9/11, its origins, and its ongoing implications through the personal stories of those who witnessed and survived the attacks. Told across 14 posters, this exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection. It explores the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and communities at the local, national, and international levels, and encourages critical thinking about the legacies of 9/11.

Twenty years after the attacks, with terrorism still a threat today, the events of 9/11 and its aftermath remind us that we may never be able to prevent all the actions of people intent on harming others, but we do have control over how we respond to such events. Whether by volunteering in our local communities, serving our nation in the military, caring for the sick, or through other efforts, all of us can help build the world in which we want to live. As we witness history unfolding in our own time, the ways we choose to respond—both large and small—can demonstrate the best of human nature after even the worst of days.

This 9/11 Memorial & Museum curated exhibition reflects the core pillars of commemoration, education, and inspiration as we prepare to observe the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

“During this 20th anniversary year, it is our privilege to share these lessons with a new generation, teach them about the ongoing repercussions of the 9/11 attacks and inspire them with the idea that, even in the darkest of times, we can come together, support one another and find the strength to renew and rebuild,” said 9/11 Memorial & Museum President and CEO Alice M. Greenwald.

In addition to the exhibition and in honor of the brave first responders during 9/11, a table will be set up for patrons of all ages to write a "Dear Hero" postcard which will be distributed to our local first responders. There will also be an area for patrons to recount where they were and what they were doing when 9/11 occurred. The exhibit and activity tables will be available from Friday, September 3rd through Friday, September 17th.  

The poster exhibition was developed by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National endowment for Humanities.


 For questions or more information on this Exhibition, please visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum website or contact them at: press@911memorial.org.

Additional Resources

9/11 Primer:

Lesson plans, primary resources, and other educational materials have been curated by the Museum’s staff for this exhibition. These resources are available online at: https://www.911memorial.org/learn/resources/911-primer


Activities from Home:

These are simple, collaborative art activities that focus on how people respond during difficult times. Each activity features background information, a materials list, and instructions and are available online at: https://911memorial.org/learn/youth-and-families/activities-home


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