Museum 9-11 exhibit honors victims, celebrates freedoms

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
In 2001, these three students were among many G-AHS art students who shared their work with the G-A community, during an exhibition at the museum. Some of the G-AHS art students donated their 2001 art work, along with their retrospective 2002 pieces, to Allison-Antrim Museum. The teenagers’ art pieces are intense and insightful, and reflect and say what everyone felt. Allison-Antrim Museum is open Monday through Friday from noon – 4 p.m. A special open house will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11, 1 – 4 p.m. The exhibit “Remembering September 11” will be displayed Sept. 1 – 30. For more information, please visit the website at www.greencastlemuseum.org, on Twitter @greencastlemuzm, or call the museum at 717-597-9010. There is no charge for admission but donations are accepted.

Where were you on Pearl Harbor Day?  Where were you when President John Kennedy was shot?  Where were you when Martin Luther King was shot?  Where were you the day of the Kent State shootings?  Where were you on September 11?

A special exhibit that honors the memory of nearly 3,000 individuals who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001 and celebrates the freedoms that form the backbone of our nation, will be displayed at Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle, from Sept. 1 – 30.

Included in the exhibit are two large scrapbooks of newspaper articles from the past 10 years that chronicle the timeline of events beginning Sept. 11, 2001 through Aug. 2011.  Visitors may spend as much time as they wish looking at and reading the collection.  Four books on the events of September 11 will also be available for visitors to peruse.  One of the books, Portraits, is a compilation of the New York Times’ Portraits of Grief column in which they featured several of the September 11th victims each day.  A photograph and 200 word essay that captured the essence of each person was the Times’ way of honoring each victim and allowing the world to put a face and meaning with each life – they are no longer just a number between one and three thousand.  

Framed prints of Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms — Freedom of Speech and Worship and Freedom from Want and Fear, were purchased by AAMI in 2002 and will be on display.  The original canvasses, which toured the country for the WWII War Bond effort, were inspired by Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech.  $133 million dollars worth of bonds was sold.

Artwork created by G-AHS students in September 2001 and artwork done in 2002, with their retrospective thoughts, will be exhibited.  The teenagers’ art pieces are intense and insightful, and reflect and say what everyone felt.  Photographs of how people and businesses in the Greencastle-Antrim area responded will also be exhibited.  Former N.Y.C. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani donated an autographed New York Fire Department fireman’s cap.  Among other items on exhibit is a circa 1976 leather New Yorker Firefighter’s helmet, on loan from Ben Thomas Jr., personal photographs which were taken at Ground Zero and Shanksville.  One unusual piece in the exhibit is a comic book.  The creators of all the super heroes paid tribute to the real heroes in this September 2001magazine, not the imaginary ones they have created in their minds for their comic strips.  Journals begun in September 2001, which record the thoughts of AAMI visitors about that infamous day, will be available for reading.  One account was shared by Rev. Anna Straight, pastor at Greencastle Presbyterian Church in September 2001.  In it she shared her email correspondence with Rev. Jon Walton, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in NYC.   In the email, he spoke about the first plane flying very low over the church, just seconds before it hit the first Tower.  “The First 24 Hours,” a video will play in the background.

Once again, visitors will have an opportunity (with construction paper and permanent markers) to write down either their retrospective thoughts on the events of Sept. 11, 2001 or their comments on America’s freedoms. All creations will be kept in a three-ring binder as part of the September 11 collection.  During First Friday on Sept. 2, Anna’s Paperworks will help the museum with this project by providing a table for patrons to express their thoughts.   

The “Remembering September 11th” exhibit will be a time to remember the 2,973 victims –  the heroes, the innocents, and their families.  They will not have died in vain if Americans always remember.

Allison-Antrim Museum is open Monday through Friday from noon – 4 p.m.  A special open house will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11.

For information, visit www.greencastlemuseum.org, on Twitter @greencastlemuzm, or call the museum at 717-597-9010.

There is no charge for admission but donations are accepted.