An evolving legacy
After two decades, the nation continues to feel the lasting effects of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. As we mark the 20th anniversary of that day, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History launches a new initiative: 9-11: Hidden Stories, Hidden Voices. The outreach effort seeks to create a more robust national collection of objects and stories that include diverse experiences, not only recording and exploring the day and immediate aftermath of September 11, but also the longer-lasting and varied effects on people’s lives. The collection will demonstrate the repercussions of decisions made during the intervening two decades and how they still affect our political, social, and economic discourse.
9-11: Hidden Stories, Hidden Voices is a five-year program spanning the 20th through 25th anniversaries of the attacks. During this time, the museum is committed to working with diverse communities and actively sharing their stories and the experiences of Americans in a post-September 11 world. For the 20th anniversary, we look forward to collaborating with community partners to share stories through a series of public programs, soliciting a variety of narratives through our digital story-gathering tool and highlighting our continuing work within the New York City Latino community through our website. We commit to working hand-in-hand with our publics to document, record, interpret, and share the ways in which the September 11 attacks have affected the world we live in today. We also commit to sharing the experiences of those who witnessed this tragedy in order to provide understanding for those who have grown up in a world shaped by these events.