The MEMO Blog

The official blog of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum features stories of commemoration and memorialization, and information on our public programs, special events, and ways to get involved.

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Beth Hillman Visits Bronx & Queens Communities

June 12, 2024

9/11 Memorial & Museum President & CEO Beth Hillman visited Bronx and Queens communities deeply affected by 9/11.

Introducing "This History is My History"

March 25, 2024

Coinciding with Black History Month 2024, we launched a special short film exploring the impact of 9/11 and the unprecedented response on the Black community. The film is the first in a series designed to look at lesser known aspects of the 9/11 narrative and legacy. 

The Shelby White & Leon Levy Digital Archives Initiative: Part II

February 13, 2024

In the second installment of our series highlighting the archival work funded by the Shelby White & Leon Levy Foundation, guest blogger Samantha Spiller discusses her role as a collections technician. 

Ferry Captain Answers Call for "All Available Boats"

February 1, 2024

Richard Thornton is a NY Waterway Captain who participated in the largest waterborne evacuation in American history, when an estimated 300,000 to 500,000 people were transported to safety on 9/11. 

To Serve and Make a Difference: A Brother’s Journey

January 31, 2024

Joe Quinn was a senior at the United States Military Academy at West Point when he lost his older brother James to the 9/11 attack. The experience helped to reinforce his commitment to serve and make a difference.

Through the Lens of First Response

January 23, 2024

While filming a documentary about a "probie" NYC firefighter, Brothers Jules and Gédéon Naudet captured rare footage of both the 9/11 attack and first responders' response.

A Look Back at 2023 with Elizabeth L. Hillman

January 22, 2024

Our president and CEO looks back on 2023, and ahead to the promise of the coming year. 

Visit to Bronx Museum Inspires Revisit of Michael Richards Story

January 12, 2024

A visit to the Bronx Museum helps one of our interpretive guides discover the powerful story of artist Michael Richards, killed on 9/11 while working in a studio on the 92nd floor of the North Tower.

Rescue & Recovery: In Their Own Voices With Rosemarie O'Keefe

December 11, 2023

In the wake of 9/11, as Commissioner of the Mayor's Community Assistant Unit, Rosemarie O'Keefe created the Family Assistance Center, a massive support system for the families of victims. In this installment of our "In Their Own Voices" series, O'Keefe recounts the Center's origins and attempts to make the 2001 holiday season as normal as possible for those whose who'd lost loved ones just three months earlier. 

USA Today Op-Ed by Elizabeth L. Hillman

November 26, 2023

Read the text of a November 27 USA Today opinion piece by President & CEO Elizabeth L. Hillman addressing the resurfacing of bin Laden's 2002 treatise 'Letter to America.'