Everyone remembers exactly where they were; everyone can recall exactly how it made them feel.
MUSKEGON, MI — Everyone remembers exactly where they were; everyone can recall exactly how it made them feel.
The Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center buildings in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., caused the deaths of more than 3,000 people and forever changed the fabric of American society.
Now 13 years after the attacks, the Muskegon Museum of Art is opening an exhibition called “Remember and Rebuild” to tell the story of the creation of the September 11 Memorial and Museum, which started construction in 2006. The exhibit is open to the public from Sept. 11–Nov. 9 with different events scheduled through the duration of its stay at the museum.
The idea behind the exhibition is to pay tribute to those lost on Sept. 11, strengthen a sense of national identity and “express unity, respect and inspiration” that people feel when visiting the museum.
The exhibition kicks off on Sept. 11, 2014 with the Remember and Rebuild Opening Event, an outdoor ceremony open to the public, to honor those who perished on Sept. 11, 2001. Muskegon firefighters who reportedly traveled to Ground Zero, elected officials, as well as local union and trade representatives will be in attendance.
Admission to the museum is $10 for adults, $5 for college students with valid ID, $5 for MMA members, and $ 3 for children 13-17 years old. Ages 12 and under are free and auditorium programs are free. Gallery exhibition admission requires purchased ticket.
Admission on second Saturdays of the month is free.
Here are some things to know about the opening at the Muskegon Museum of Art:
What will you see?
Remember and Rebuild reportedly is the first exhibition to feature the work of 9/11 staff photographer Amy Dreher, as well as the first to introduce a series of artifacts from the collections at the September 11 Memorial and Museum.
The exhibition was organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art in collaboration with the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City.
Key supporters include Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, Richard and Nancy Morgenstern, Port City Group, Ramos and Sons Auto Body and Towing, the Rotary Club of Spring Lake, Port City Group, Roger and Marilyn Andersen and the MMA NYC Tour Group and MLive Muskegon Chronicle.
Be part of Muskegon’s video tribute
Beyond the opening event, the exhibition is providing an opportunity for the community to be involved through Community Sharing and Video Taping.
The Muskegon Museum of Art Partnered with Baker College of Muskegon’s second-year Digital Video Production students to capture the Sept. 11 stories of visitors to the exhibition, with the goal being to create Muskegon’s video memorial of Sept. 11, 2001.
Tapings will run from 1-3 p.m. on Sept. 18, Oct. 2, Oct. 16 and Oct. 30 with an additional taping session from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 2 and Oct. 30.
A copy of the project will be presented as a gift to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
Supporting Their Own: Stories from Muskegon Firefighters at Ground Zero
One of the major stories to come out of Sept. 11, 2001 was the overwhelming bravery of police and firefighters who rushed to the sites at the World Trade Center buildings, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., to help others.
The nine Muskegon firefighters who visited the site of 9/11 following the attacks are hosting a panel discussion Oct. 23 to share the stories of their fallen comrades along with the lessons they took away from the visit.
The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with the panel discussion beginning at 7 p.m.
Brown Bag Films and Super Saturdays
The Muskegon Museum of Art is hosting a series of events to commemorate the stay of the exhibition.
Starting Sept. 11 and running on select dates through Oct. 11, the Muskegon Museum of Art is bringing a movie series of 9/11-based films as well as accompanying activities, which all are free and open to the public.
A full list of events is available at muskegonartmuseum.org.
Did you know?
Sept. 11, 2001 marked the single-largest loss of life from a foreign attack on American soil in history, ahead of only the Pearl Harbor attacks in 1941.
Of the nearly 3,000 people killed on 9/11, at least 400 were police officers and firefighters, many of whom risked their lives to protect others in the aftermath of the attacks.
The National September 11 Memorial and Museum opened up to the public on the site of the Sept. 11 attacks on Sept 12, 2011 with the museum opening to the public on May 21, 2014. According to the museum’s website, the museum includes 23,000 images, 10,300 artifacts and the oral histories of nearly 2,000 people provided by friends and family members of 9/11 victims.
The museum was designed by Davis Brody Bond, LLP.
Dillon Davis is a staff writer at MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Facebook and on Twitter.