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Current and Upcoming Programming

This page lists public and educational programs planned or being contemplated at museums and other history-related organizations in response to the terrorist attacks. Please e-mail to [email protected]
National Museum of American History
The Psychology of Terrorism. Tuesday, October 1, 2002
Dr. Jerrold Post, director, Political Psychology Program, George Washington University, and Carol Giacomo, diplomatic correspondent, Reuters News Agency, discuss the group psychologies of known terrorist organizations, seeking to differentiate between the motivations of various groups and the types of acts each is likely to commit. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Reception Suite, National Museum of American History, 14th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC. Free and open to the public. Audience participation is encouraged. For information and accessibility accommodations, call 202-357-2700 or 202-357-1563 (TTY) or visit
Museum of the City of New York Museums Celebrate America’s Freedoms: Joining Communities in a Day of Remembrance Wed., September 11, 9 AM – 9 PM Free admission all day
To mark the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Museum of the City of New York will be open to the public free of charge from 9 AM to 9 PM as part of a nationwide initiative of the American Association of Museums and the Institute of Museum and Library Services to underscore the role of museums as stewards of the nation’s stories and as special places where communities can examine and reaffirm our basic freedoms. Tours of the Museum’s collections and exhibitions will be offered throughout the day.

In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01 Wed., September 11, 1 PM and 3 PM
In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01 is a record of the events of that day made by HBO with a uniquely personal collection of video and still photographs shot by people in and around New York City. The documentary follows the Honorable Rudolph W. Giuliani and his senior staff from their first realization of what had occurred, through despair and tears, to a new-found strength that would emerge in the spirit of a new America.

Through a New Lens? Thinking About American History After September 11 Wednesday, September 11, 7 PM
Have the events of September 11, 2001, made us think differently about American history? Should they? Distinguished historians Eric Foner of Columbia University and Thomas Bender of New York University discuss these and other questions in a session that will invite audience participation. Dr. Foner’s recent publications include Who Owns History?: Rethinking the Past in a Changing World (Hill & Wang, 2002) and The Story of American Freedom (W.W. Norton & Company, 1998). Dr. Bender is the editor of Rethinking American History in a Global Age (University of California Press, 2002), and author of The Unfinished City: New York and the Metropolitan Idea (New Press, 2002). RSVP 212.534.1672, ext. 205. NTC

Degree 365: Change and Reclamation Readings/Performance Saturday, September 14, 2 – 5 PM Big City Lit, the online literary monthly, presents in word, music, and image the heart’s progress since 9/11. Performers include Edwin Torres, Zoë Angseley, Vicki Hudspith, and other nationally-known artists, writers, and musicians. Book signing to follow.
See website for many additional programs, both on September 11, 2002, and other dates.

National Building Museum

September 12, 2002 Spotlight on Design Lecture Thom Mayne World Trade Center Plans and Other Projects 7:30 – 9:00 pm
In the year since the tragedies of September 11, 2001, the National Building Museum’s series of exhibitions and public programs titled Building in the Aftermath has placed the Museum at the forefront of explorations about the terrorist attacks’ impact on architecture, urbanism, and engineering. During the past year, the provocative American architect Thom Mayne, founding principal of the Santa Monica-based firm Morphosis, has developed his own visions for the future of the World Trade Center (WTC) site. Earlier this year, his work was included in the exhibition A New World Trade Center: Design Proposals that originated at the Max Protetch Gallery in New York City and was also on view at the museum. Most recently, Morphosis was one of six firms invited by New York magazine to design master plans for the entire site. They will appear in a special 9/11-anniversary issue. In an exclusive lecture at the Museum, Mr. Mayne will discuss publicly for the first time his urban design for the WTC site. In addition, he will present some of his recent and current projects, including the award-winning Diamond Ranch High School in Pomona, California and the General Services Administration’s new Satellite and Operations Facility for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce in Suitland, Maryland. After his presentation, Mr. Mayne will sign copies of his books.
National Building Museum 401 F Street NW (Judiciary Square Metro, Red Line) $12 Museum members; $17 nonmembers; $10 students Registration required. Prepaid registration preferred.

September 30 Building in the Aftermath Let’s Roll: Rebuilding the Pentagon Monday, 6:30 – 8:00 pm The Phoenix Project, the reconstruction of the Pentagon after the September 11th terrorist attacks, was completed in less than one year. Crews worked on the site 24 hours a day, seven days a week so that displaced workers could return to their offices by September 11, 2002. Although this effort has received little public attention, it is a remarkable achievement. Allyn E. Kilscheimer, PE, president of KCE Structural Engineers, PC, the firm that is leading this project, will explain the complex logistics and startling pace of rebuilding the Pentagon. After his presentation, he will join a panel discussion with the architects, as well as mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineers. $12 Museum members; $17 nonmembers. Registration required.

September 11, 2001 Changed Lives: New Jersey Remembers September 11, 2001, will open on the one-year anniversary of the attacks and it will close on December 7th. Gallery hours will be extended until 8 PM on the 11th. Admission is free and open to the public. The exhibition features hundreds of objects that tell the story of September 11th in New Jersey. It also includes some of the voices of New Jerseyans – first responders, a ferryboat captain who was in NY Harbor on the 11th, a chaplain, and others.

Related information can be found at American Association of Museums.