September 11: Tell Your Story

How did you witness history on September 11, 2001? What do you most remember, and how has it affected your life?

Help the Smithsonian commemorate the third anniversary of the terrorist attacks by sharing your September 11 experience with us. We’re interested in everyone’s experience, no matter where you were or how directly you were involved.
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The September 11 Digital Archive
The September 11 Digital Archive

Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Behring Center Smithsonian “September 11:
Bearing Witness to History”

     Submissions will be permanently archived in the September 11 Digital Archive, a project of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and the American Social History Project at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

From September 11, 2002 to July 6, 2003 over 1 million visitors saw the exhibition September 11: Bearing Witness to History at the National Museum of American History. At the end of the exhibit, visitors were asked to tell their story of September 11, 2001 and to consider how their lives had changed because of that day. Browse and search the thousands of stories left by these visitors.

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I had been at work for about an hour this morning (had just finished the venti coffe and pair of bialys) when I noticed a blip on one of the industry “bbs” that I monitor. A plane had hit the World Trade Center. After the details started to come in (I was relying on...[more]
It's been nearly a year past and I haven't gone to my Quran tutoring lessons. I was supposed to go to class on the morning of Sept. 11, but then my teacher called and told me to stay home. She told me of frightening stories about Muslims working in Washington D.C....[more]
The events of September 11 fell during the holidays following my A-level exams, just before I went off to university. I remember getting a phone call from my dad as I was eating my lunch, ringing to tell me that a light aircraft had hit the World Trade Centre in New...[more]

My dad was killed on Sept. 11th. The following "story" is a memoir I wrote for school.

September 11: A Teen’s Point of View

I’ve always heard the saying “Life can change in an instant”, but I never really listened to it. I never thought something so bad...[more]
My husband, Jason and I were asleep when my mother in Michigan called to ask us how far we lived from the World Trade Center. Jason had a friend, Tom visiting from out of town and had taken the day off of work from the Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME). They...[more]
The summer of 2001 was the summer I fell in love with NYC. I was 15 and my parents had started giving me freedom and allowed me to take the bus from my hometown in northern NJ to the city. It was my true getaway. I loved every moment of walking through the city...[more]