Badge-covered Apron

Badge-covered Apron

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Description: This apron is covered with uniform patches from grateful patrons of Nino's restaurant, a relief center for World Trade Center recovery workers.
Context: Many Americans looked for ways to help after the September 11 attacks. One New York City businessman, Antonio Nino Vendome, turned his family restaurant into a relief center. Staffed by volunteers and supported largely by donations, Nino’s served hundreds of thousands of free meals twenty-four hours a day to firefighters, police officers, Red Cross workers, and others at the World Trade Center site. For many, Nino’s became a refuge, a place to find companionship and support as well as a meal. Many of the workers left their organizational patches as tokens of thanks, which Nino attached to kitchen aprons and hung on the wall.
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Object Name
Date made
Nino Vendome
United States: New York, Manhattan, World Trade Center
overall: 86 cm x 117 cm x.5 cm; 33 7/8 in x 46 1/16 in x 3/16 in
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accession number
September 11 Terrorist Attacks
Attack on the World Trade Center
September 11th Attacks
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, 9/11
September 11
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National Museum of American History
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