This year will mark twenty years since that tragic day on September 11, 2001. For most of us, that day will be forever in our hearts and minds. However, nearly one-fifth of this country is too young to remember firsthand that day that changed everything.
So, I want to share something special with both of these groups. Those who do remember firsthand and also those younger.
Many adults have heard of The Library of Congress. It is the world’s largest library; and they did an extraordinary thing on September 11th, 2001.
Within hours of the terrorist attacks, The Library of Congress staff began to call for and collect a vast array of materials regarding the attacks which included videos, interviews, personal accounts, photographs, news stories and more. These were then used to chronicle this historic event from every angle and perspective from firefighters to bystanders. The incredible result of this can be seen in an online exhibition called Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at The Library of Congress. ‘It is an exhibition that exposes visitors to powerful eyewitness accounts and commentaries regarding events on Sept. 11, 2001.’
Here is the link to view the exhibition items:
For younger children, teachers and parents may not know how to discuss the events of 9/11. I recommend the following website which was designed specifically for children. It is filled with stories, videos and lessons appropriate for teaching younger children about 9/11.
(Some content not appropriate for children)