These are special events you can see now, in person and online, before Sept. 11, 2021, the 20th Anniversary of that terrible day which changed all of our lives forever.
All honor honor the lives lost, the families who grieve them and the heroic First Responders, including from around the world who came to NYC to to help.
This is a round-up of 9/11 museum exhibits, both in-person and virtually, and talks with experts now through Sept. 10.
We will have a separate round-up in a few days of events on the actual anniversary date of 9/11, which includes the annual reading of the names at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza.
#NeverForget where you were on the morning of Sept. 11, 2011.
#NeverForget the innocents who died that day – and their loved ones who mourn them.
#NeverForget the brave First Responders who died that day helping others, and those who have died since that fateful day of rare and ugly diseases from breathing the toxic air on “The Pile” – and their loved ones who mourn them.
#NeverForget the brave US Military members who fought and gave their lives and limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan in the 20 years since Sept. 11, 2011 – and their loved ones who mourn them.
All times listed are New York City time, also known as ET.
Dated talks first, then ongoing museum exhibits.
Wednesday, Sept. 1
The Afghanistan Papers
6:30 PM EDT | Free Online Event
with option to buy book
Two decades, $778 billion dollars, more than 2,300 American soldiers and 47,000 Afghan civilian dead … and President Joe Biden broke with three predecessors’ pursuit of an elusive victory and ordered US troops home.
We’ve all just watched the results, especially these last few days.
What went wrong? That’s the question Washington Post reporter Craig Whitlock has been asking for more than a decade — and the newspaper had to sue the government for vital documents to answer it.
After conducting 1,000 interviews and reading tens of thousands of pages of reports, emails and messages, he’s telling the story of strategic bungling, distorted statistics, a nation-building project doomed to failure and the victory of drugs and corruption in the longest war in American history.
As we approach the 20th anniversary of the World Trade Center attack that provoked the US invasion, Whitlock joins us to discuss his reportorial triumph, The Afghanistan Papers, the Pentagon Papers for a new generation.
An investigative reporter for The Washington Post, Craig Whitlock has covered the global war on terrorism since 2001. He is winner of the George Polk Award for Military Reporting, the Scripps Howard Award for Investigative Reporting, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Freedom of Information Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for international reporting.
In conversation with Carlos Lozada, Pulitzer Prize–winning nonfiction book critic for The Washington Post.
Presented by Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center.
- Register here for Zoom link and option to purchase the book at discount
Thursday, Sept. 9
Tony Blair: 9/11 20 Years Later
He was a key global leader and stood by America’s side in one of its darkest hours.
Join Washington Post Live on when columnist David Ignatius interviews former British prime minister Tony Blair, who will discuss the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and the allies’ response, how extremism has since evolved and where the world stands today in its war against terrorism. Blair will also explain his concern that the West may have lost its will to exert its traditional leadership role and why he calls the withdrawal from Afghanistan “tragic, dangerous and unnecessary.”
- FREE, Thursday, Sept. 9 at 9:30am ET
- Register here.
- Stream here: wapo.st/tonyblairsept2021
The Global Impact of 9/11: Twenty Years On
Webcast with The Wilson Center
The September 11, 2001 attack on the United States redefined international security threats and altered the nature of warfare globally.
To commemorate the 20th anniversary, the Wilson Center examines the lasting impact of 9/11 and the global war on terror internationally, with specific regional focus on the Middle East, South Asia, and Europe.
USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Fellow Robin Wright moderates a discussion with regional experts on the enduring legacy of 9/11 in terms of conflict and regional instability, jihadism, politics, and U.S. global leadership.
- FREE, Thursday, September 9, 10am to 11:30am
- RSVP for Zoom link
Friday, September 10
Join religious leaders to commemorate 9/11 in this virtual event.
AJC has invited Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faith leaders to mourn together the losses experienced that day and honor the resilience we found in its aftermath.
Twenty years later, we remember the victims of 9/11 and reflect upon the day’s continued impact in America and around the world.
- FREE, Friday, September 10, 9:30am
- Click here to launch Zoom meeting 5-10 minutes before the start of the briefing.
- You will be asked to enter your name and email address. If prompted, you may have to click “Zoom Launcher” to enter.
- You can also dial 646 558 8656 and use the Webinar ID (938 6648 2005)if you plan to call from a mobile or landline phone.
Memorial Service with the 9/11 NYFD Commissioner
To mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Temple Emanu-El is proud to welcome former New York Fire Department Commissioner Thomas Von Essen in this special Sabbath service.
Commissioner Von Essen will speak about his memories of that fateful day, the 343 firefighters who gave their lives to save more than 10,000 New Yorkers and the lessons we have – and still must – learn.
FREE, at 6pm Friday, Sept. 10
St. Paul’s Chapel
September 10, 8pm to September 12, 8pm, FREE
This will be a time and place to pray, reflect, mourn, or simply sit with your memories, in this chapel which played such an important role in the days after 9/11. It was a dormitory, where exhausted First Responders slept on pews, and a dining hall, where hundreds of volunteers made sandwiches and cooked and served hot meals.
Miraculously, this historic Revolutionary Era chapel – where George Washington worshipped – survived with barely a scratch, just blocks from the devastation of the modern Twin Towers.
Clergy from the NY Diocese will be present to offer support and prayers daily.
There’s a permanent exhibit of artifacts from the events of September 11, including badges and other gear from some of the First Responders from around the world who came to NYC to help us.
Find interactive digital exhibits at trinitywallstreet.org/911
St. Paul’s Chapel is on Broadway, between Fulton and Vesey Streets.
New York Historical Society
These two special 9/11 exhibits underway now tell the story of 9/11 in a very personal way.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, just 15 minutes after hearing the alarm, the FDNY’s elite Rescue Company 2—Lieutenant Peter Martin and firefighters William Lake, Daniel Libretti, John Napolitano, Lincoln Quappe, Kevin O’Rourke, and Edward Rall—arrived at the unfolding World Trade Center tragedy.
All seven were killed when the buildings collapsed.
On special display is a damaged door of Rescue 2’s fire truck that is part of the museum’s collection.
In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, New-York Historical launched the History Responds collecting program to document world-changing events as they are happening.
Explore objects from that initiative in our fourth floor permanent display, including pieces of Twin Tower office furniture blown into St. Paul’s Churchyard and a memorial of candles, notes, and mementos erected on Barclay Street.
New York Historical Society is at Central Park West and 76th St., across the street from the American Museum of Natural History.
The Skyscraper Museum
This wonderful little museum at Battery Park examines the cultural and architectural impact of skyscrapers around the world, including New York City.
This exhibition ran from September 2006 to April 2007 in the gallery of The Skyscraper Museum, and now it is online.
It was the museum’s second tribute to the Twin Towers after the 2002 WTC: Monument, which the Skyscraper Museum mounted at the New York Historical Society in the emotional months after 9/11. The dramatic installation design of GIANTS, with its reflected “light columns,” was created by Local Projects.
The Skyscraper Museum is looking back across the decades to remember the many times it considered the place of the original World Trade Center in the history of tall buildings, of lower Manhattan, and of New York urbanism.
Find all of the Skyscraper Museum’s World Trade Center resources on this landing page.
This fall, the Skyscraper Museum will launch a lecture series “Remembering 9/11: Before, After, and Since”, examining the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site. Details will be announced soon.
The Skyscraper Museum is now open Thursday-Saturday, from Noon-6pm.
- Book your FREE timed ticket here.
This museum is directly across the street from the Skyscraper Museum, focusing on survival of another kind of terror attack, the Holocaust.
Much of the recent MJH international exhibit about Auschwitz is online.
Personal note – Many members of NYCOTC Editor Evelyn Kanter’s family were murdered in Auschwitz, including my father’s brother.
National Museum of the American Indian
This branch of the Smithsonian is at the foot of Broadway, a few blocks from the Skyscraper Museum and the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
This exhibit honors the generations of Native Americans who have served in the armed forces of the United States—often in extraordinary numbers—since the American Revolution.
For some, the Indigenous commitment to the U.S. military doesn’t make sense. Why would Indians serve a country that overran their homelands, suppressed their cultures, and confined them to reservations? Native people have served for the same reasons as anyone else: to demonstrate patriotism or pursue employment, education, or adventure. Many were drafted. Yet tribal warrior traditions, treaty commitments with the United States, and responsibility for defending Native homelands have also inspired the enduring legacy of Indigenous military service.
Why We Serve commemorates the National Native American Veterans Memorial, dedicated at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C
9/11 Memorial Plaza and Museum
The outdoor 9/11 Memorial Plaza is open daily, 10am to 5pm, and it is FREE to visit.
This is the area where the original Twin Towers stood, their “footprints” now an endless waterfall ringed with the names of more than 3,200 innocent victims engraved in marble.
There are docents with tablets to help you find a name, or somebody from your hometown or home state.
The National September 11 Museum – which most of us call the 9/11 Museum – adjoins the plaza. It is also open daily, 10am to 5pm, and requires purchasing a timed ticket to enter.
NOTE – The 9/11 Museum is closed on 9/11.
NOTE – The 9/11 Memorial Plaza is closed to the public on 9/11 until 3pm for memorial services honoring the victims and First Responders, including the reading of all 3,200+ names by surviving family members.
Check back in a couple of days for our list of 9/11 events on 9/11 to attend in person or virtually.
Washington Post Live
New York Historical Society
9/11 Memorial Plaza and Museum, Lower Manhattan
St. Paul’s Chapel in Trinity Church, Broadway bet. Fulton & Vesey Sts.