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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Although I live on the outskirts of Shanksville, PA I was at home that morning
with my baby boy Dawson who was one at that time. It was a georgeous day and a
gentle breeze was blowing outside. My other children were off to school for the
morning and I just settled...[more]
When I look back now, as the first anniversary approaches,
my first thoughts remember how beautiful the day dawned.
I live north of Baltimore and that Tuesday the sky was
bright blue and cloudless. I am an insurance agent
for a major insurance company and I was...[more]

I am a British Citizen and with my partner, this was my first ever visit to NYC. It was September 7th, I met a new freind for the very first time, stayed for the weekend and was to fly back to the UK on September 11th. I didn't.

I had finished breakfast...[more]
This from my personal journal:

The world has changed dramatically since my last entry! The week following seemed normal until that Tuesday, when entering the Corporate Marketing open space and seeing people huddled around a small radio (or TV) I had the first...[more]
My husband worked in One World Trade Center - on the 85th floor. On September 11 I called him to discuss where we were going to meet for lunch - I had to come into the city for an appointment with a doctor at NYU and he was coming with me. I really didn't want to go...[more]
Tuesday, September 11th, 2001, I woke up early that day to vote in local elections. Normally I avoided such things, but I was enrolled in two political science classes that had instilled in me a sense of duty about voting. At any rate, it was an excuse to miss the...[more]