August 29, 2002 (REVISED Yes) Exhibition and Public Programs to Commemorate September 11

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Public Contact: (202) 707-4604

Even in the midst of the initial chaos of the horrific events of September 11, 2001, the Library of Congress began collecting materials documenting the attacks. Since that time, the Library has been amassing material through its public service divisions and overseas offices. On September 7, an exhibition and Web site of selections from this material will open titled “Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress.” The Web site will be found at

A series of special free public programs called “Summon the Heroes” will accompany the exhibition. It will include concerts by performers such as Tom Paxton and Suzanne Vega, as well as discussions by cultural historians, photographers, artists and illustrators about the impact of September 11 on their lives and work.

The exhibition will expose visitors to powerful eyewitness accounts and raw public reaction as documented by the Library’s collections, while at the same time commemorating the first anniversary of the attacks. The exhibition will be on display in the Great Hall of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, First and Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C., Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October 26.

Among the many dramatic and informative materials presented in the exhibition are:

  • Audio interviews conducted with citizens from across the country by representatives of the Library’s American Folklife Center, edited in cooperation with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University;
  • Examples of newspaper coverage from across the United States and the globe, collected by the Serial and Government Periodicals Division;
  • Photos documenting the devastation in New York, Washington, and Shanksville, Pa., and other artistic responses to the tragedy collected by the Prints and Photographs Division;
  • Propaganda pamphlets and newspapers gathered by the Library’s overseas field offices in Jakarta, Delhi, Cairo, and Islamabad, which document the other side of the “War on Terrorism”; and
  • Aerial photography and mapping which documents Ground Zero and the destruction at the Pentagon acquired by the Geography and Map Division.

Public programs in the “Summon the Heroes” series include the following:

Wednesday, September 4
Documentary Video
“Loss and Recovery: Librarians Bear Witness to September 11, 2001”
Noon, West Dining Room, Sixth floor, Madison Building

A video documentary made by the American Library Association looks at the effect of the disaster on libraries located in lower Manhattan and how librarians have recovered personally and professionally. Presented by the Library of Congress Professional Association.

Tuesday, September 10
Outdoor Concert
“Tom Paxton”
Noon, Neptune Plaza, Jefferson Building

A solo concert by folk singer-writer and recipient of the ASCAP Foundation 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award in Folk Music, author of such classics as “I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound,” “Under American Skies,” “Peace will come, and let it begin with me,” and “The Bravest”—a tribute to the heroes of the New York police and fire departments who died on September 11, 2001.

Thursday, September 12
“Virginia Grand Military Band and the LC Chorale”
Noon, Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building

Loras Schissel conducts a program of American band music, including Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever” and “Summon the Heroes” by John Williams. Geoffrey Simon directs the Library of Congress Chorale in the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and Stravinsky’s choral arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Friday, September 13
“Suzanne Vega & Friends”
8 p.m., Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building
Free, but tickets required; contact TicketMaster: 202-432-SEAT; 301-808-6900;
410-752-1200; 800-551-7328. (Some free tickets also available at the door while supplies last.)

New York songwriter Suzanne Vega and fellow members of the Greenwich Village Songwriter’s Exchange feature their songs from the Vigil Project, a collection honoring the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Included is Vega’s own “It Hit Home”—a song expressing “feelings, thoughts and observations from someone trying to make sense out of something seemingly senseless.”

Wednesday, September 18
Panel discussion
“Portraits in Grief”
2 p.m.- 4 p.m., Mumford Room, Sixth floor, Madison Building

Jeremy Adamson, chief of the Prints and Photographs Division, will moderate a panel discussion of the New York Times’ Pulitzer-Prize winning series “Portraits in Grief.”

Panel members will include:
Jonathan Landman, Metro editor;
Christine Kay, assistant Metro editor;
Janny Scott, Metro reporter;
Anthony DePalma, reporter, Financial desk; and
Jan Hoffman, Metro reporter

Tuesday, September 24
Panel discussion
“The Impact of September 11 on Culture Heritage”
2 p.m.- 4 p.m., Mumford Room, Sixth floor, Madison Building

Lawrence Reger, president, Heritage Preservation, and Jane Long, director of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, will co-chair a panel discussion.

Tuesday, October 1
Panel Discussion
2 p.m.- 4 p.m., Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building

Robert Ivy, editor of Architectural Record, will moderate a panel about the various architectural proposals for the World Trade Center site, with participants TBA.

Wednesday, October 2
Panel discussion
“September 11th Comic Book Artists and Illustrators”
2:30 p.m.- 4 p.m., Mumford Room, Sixth floor, Madison Building

Panelists will include:
Will Eisner, legendary creator in the fields of comics and graphic novels; Paul Levitz, president and publisher of DC Comics in New York, editor and contributor to two volume anthology of comic book art in response to September 11; Jeff Mason, publisher of Alternative Comics, edited “9-11 Emergency Relief,” an anthology of comic book art relating to the events; Peter Kuper, noted comic artist, graphic novel creator, and co-founder of World War 3 Illustrated; and Trina Robbins, leading artist, writer, and authority on the history of women comic artists

Creations and publications by panel members will be included in the exhibition or in a special display before and after the discussion.

Wednesday, October 16
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Mumford Room, Sixth floor, Madison Building

Photographer Carol Highsmith will discuss her photographs of the aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center and the other two sites.

Thursday, October 17
Dance Performance
“Uneasy Dances”
Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
8 p.m., Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building
Free, but tickets required; contact TicketMaster: 202-432-SEAT; 301-808-6900; 410-752-1200; 800-551-7328. (Some free tickets also available at the door while supplies last.)

Created by famed choreographer Liz Lerman in the wake of September 11, “Uneasy Dances” is a work of words and movement with original music by composer Andy Teirstein.

Tuesday, October 22
2 p.m.- 4 p.m., Mumford Room, Sixth floor, Madison Building.

Photographer Joel Meyerowitz will discuss his photographs of the World Trade Center site, taken daily from September 11 to May of this year.

Friday, October 25
“Teaching the Other: Muslims, Non-Muslims and the Stories They Teach”
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Rooms LJ113 and LJ119, Jefferson Building

Office of Scholarly Programs and the African Middle Eastern Division cosponsor a workshop on “Teaching the Other: Muslims, Non-Muslims and the Stories They Teach,” focusing on how different societies and cultures instruct their children in other cultures and societies.


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