Learning About 9/11
Teaching with Oral Histories
The 9/11 Tribute Center is dedicated to teaching about September 11th through the use of oral histories. Our exhibits, tours and programming are built upon hundreds of personal experiences of September 11th. Explore the links below to learn how to conduct your own oral history or discover a range of stories from our oral history collection.
Learn how to conduct your own oral history from drafting questions to conducting the interview.
All of the permanent and online exhibits at the 9/11 Tribute Center are based on oral histories. Learn about 9/11 using these primary source materials. Discover the compelling, unique perspectives that they provide.
September 11th Personal Stories of Transformation is an educational toolkit that highlights the personal experiences of individuals who were deeply affected by September 11th and responded with humanitarian initiatives to serve others. The toolkit offers students an opportunity to use primary source materials in print and media and to explore the reasons why oral histories are key to understanding this contemporary history.
9/11 Tribute Center Tour Guides
Hear 4 guides tell their 9/11 stories. Then discover why they share these personal experiences. Learn about how people heal from trauma by building a community of history-keepers.
National Guard and 9/11
Oral histories and photographs were used to create this personal overview of the role of the National Guard in the aftermath of 9/11.
Building World Trade
Learn about the new 9/11 Memorial and Museum, surrounding architecture, new transit centers and emerging new community from those involved in the construction and use.
Inside the Fence
The transportation, sanitation, and construction trades played a major role in supporting the recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site after 9/11. This exhibit portrays the cooperation of the men and women in these trades as they approached heartbreaking and unprecedented tasks.
Renewing Our American Dream after 9/11
After 9/11, people in ethnic and immigrant communities faced difficult challenges. This exhibit shares the remarkable stories of professionals who dedicated themselves to finding creative solutions and community leaders who worked towards greater civic participation.
Memories and Meaning: Objects Speak
Do primary source objects, such as the artifacts that lived through 9/11, speak? Experience how people have infused these artifacts with meaning and how the meaning might have changed over ten years.