September 1st, 2021
WVU Libraries will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy with “September 11, 2001: The Day that Changed the World,” an exhibit at Evansdale Library that presents the history of 9/11 and its ongoing implications through the personal stories of those who witnessed and survived the attacks.
Told across 14 posters, the exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s permanent collection. It explores the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and communities at the local, national, and international levels, and encourages critical thinking about the legacies of 9/11.
“During this 20th anniversary year, it is our privilege to share these lessons with a new generation, teach them about the ongoing repercussions of the 9/11 attacks and inspire them with the idea that, even in the darkest of times, we can come together, support one another and find the strength to renew and rebuild,” said 9/11 Memorial & Museum President and CEO Alice M. Greenwald.
Twenty years after the attacks, terrorism is still a threat today. The events of 9/11, and its aftermath, remind us that we may never be able to prevent all the actions of people intending to harm others. But we do have control over how we respond to such events, by volunteering in our local communities, serving our nation in the military, caring for the sick, or through other efforts. All of us can help build the world in which we want to live. As we witness history unfolding in our own time, the ways we choose to respond—both large and small—can demonstrate the best of human nature after even the worst of days.
The poster exhibition, which will remain on display through the fall semester, was developed by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. It has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom.
For questions or more information on this Exhibition, please visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum website. For more information on Art in the Libraries’ exhibits, visit exhibits.lib.wvu.edu or contact Exhibits Coordinator Sally Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org.