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 was driving under the off-ramp of the George Washington Bridge in Manhattan, on the way to work at a Wall Street firm, and listening to a gospel CD. A man in a large SUV started swerving wildly and almost forced me into one of the support pillars.

After some...[more]
I was in my car at the Greenbelt Metro parking lot, annoyed that I couldn't find a parking space so I could get to class on time. There was something strange just announced over the radio, something about a small plane crashing into one of the World Trade Center...[more]
I watched the buildings crumble on television from my office. I remember feeling one, small tear glide down my face. That's all I could do at that moment as I stood in utter shock and disbelief that this horror could possibly be taking place. After the tragedies at the...[more]
I live near Sublette, MO (I have a Greentop address) and work in Kirksville, MO. I was off work (I'm off work on Tues. a.m.) and I was checking my e-mail when I heard about the first plane. (I was listening to National Public Radio.) I thought, "What a weird...[more]
As a sixteen-year-old high school sophomore at the time, I remember struggling out of bed in the morning at about 6:15 AM (local time; 7:15 AM Eastern Time) and thinking that today would be just like any other day.
When the first plane struck the World Trade Center at...[more]
I had taken the day off from work that day for the purpose of taking my infant son to a doctors appointment. I remember the phone ringing, answering it still half alseep, and hearing my wifes excited voice telling me that The World Trade Center had just been bombed. I...[more]