Smithsonian prepares exhibit for anniversary of 9/11 attacks

The Smithsonian Building, Washington, D.C.

The Smithsonian Building, Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than 50 objects from the three sites of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will go on view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History 10 years after the museum collected history as it was happening.

Congress designated the museum as the official repository for Sept. 11 materials so they could be permanently preserved.

The museum announced plans Thursday for a special display that will include airplane fragments, objects from Pentagon offices and a door from a crushed New York fire truck. Curators say they plan to show the materials on tables, rather than behind glass cases, to create a more intimate experience.

The objects will be on view Sept. 3 to Sept. 11 in Washington.

The museum also is hosting an online conference for K-12 educators in August about teaching the history of Sept. 11 before students return to school. The conference is organized with the National Sept. 11 Memorial, the Pentagon Memorial Fund and the Flight 93 Memorial.

On July 26, the museum will co-sponsor a forum on “The Public Memory of Sept. 11” with the National Building Museum. It will include presentations by the directors of the Sept. 11 memorials at the Pentagon, in Pennsylvania and in New York City.



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