Approximately 50 objects bear witness to the incredible outpouring of support for New York's rescue and recovery workers in the months following September 11, from a canvas banner hung on the fence at St. Paul's and signed by recovery workers, volunteers, and people visiting groun; to the tags of bomb-sniffing dogs Ajax and Laika; to a large hand-painted sign reading "Welcome to Point Thank You". Many of these items are now part of the Historical Society's permanent holdings through the History Responds collecting initiative, which ensures their preservation for study by future generations.
The exhibition presents a selection of photographs taken by professional and amateur photographers in the immediate aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center (originally collected in the independent exhibition here is new york: a democracy of photographs), as well as letters written to police officers and firefighters; objects that were placed in makeshift shrines around New York; images and texts from the New York Times “Portraits of Grief” series; photographs of the Tribute in Light; and drawings of the National September 11 Memorial, designed by architect Michael Arad with the assistance of landscape architect Peter Walker. For more information, visit Voices of 9/11.
Remembering 9/11 is generously supported by Bernard and Irene Schwartz.
The New-York Historical Society Museum and Library houses a treasure trove of materials relating to the founding of our country, the history of art in America, and the history of New York and its people. The Museum houses more than 60,000 works and artifacts, including fine art, decorative art, historical artifacts, and ephemera. Fine art holdings include renowned Hudson River School landscapes; masterpieces of colonial and later portraiture; John James Audubon’s watercolors for The Birds of America; an encyclopedic collection of sculpture; and much more.