Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tribute World Trade Center Visitor Center: Experiencing the Stories of September 11

Facade of the Tribute WTC Visitor Center with a reflection of construction cranes at Ground zero
Recovered airplane window
Steel beam of the World Trade Center

Stokes basket used to carry recovered bodies

Metal composite and glass recovered from the WTC site

Schist rock
Tiles project
Origami crane from Japan, a symbol of peace and healing
Last weekend, I visited the Tribute WTC Visitor Center across from the World Trade Center site for the first time. The visitor center features galleries that convey the unforgettable tragedy, and the passionate response of people from around the world. Above are just some of the images that I took of the artifacts recovered from the WTC site.
From the Tribute WTC Visitor Center website:
The Tribute WTC Visitor Center embodies the need to gather at the World Trade Center site, connect with the people, places and events of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001, and reflect. Tribute WTC Visitor Center is a project of the September 11th Families' Association, a 501(C)3 non-profit corporation. The Tribute WTC Visitor Center expands upon the September 11th Families’ Association mission to unite and support victims of terrorism by incorporating the entire 9/11 community – families, survivors, residents, rescue workers and volunteers affected by 9/11/01. The Center creates a central place for information about 9/11 at the WTC site. Visitors learn factual information about the events on September 11th, the identity of 2,973 people killed in the attacks, the unprecedented rescue and recovery operations and the tremendous spirit of support and generosity that arose after the attacks.
Program components provide sensitive reception and hospitality to men, women and children from all over the world who will receive guidance, friendship, and the opportunity to carry with them a significant memory for the rest of their lives. The educational program depicts to visitors a core curriculum through the gallery space, lectures, multimedia displays and guided walks around the World Trade Center site. The Tribute WTC Center is working in collaboration with the National September 11th Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center to evaluate visitation.
The Tribute Center serves to welcome over 300,000 visitors to Lower Manhattan annually. Currently, there is no where for them to learn constructively or to seek information about September 11, 2001 in proximity to the WTC site. The Tribute Center offers 6,000 square feet of exhibit and educational meeting space for visitors in one of downtown’s historic buildings at 120 Liberty Street. The Tribute WTC Center is located next to FDNY firehouse 10/10 and across from the World Trade Center site.

1 comment:

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

I should check this out when I come back. Very touching display, especially that of the airplane window.