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August 4, 2011

Re: Calendar of Statewide Activities to Honor Memory of 9/11 Victims

Dear Mayor:

The New Jersey State Museum 9/11 Commemoration Committee has asked me to inform you on a number of upcoming events you may be interested in.  The Committee has developed a year-long calendar of statewide activities to honor the memory of the 9/11 victims while uniting New Jerseyans through programs which commemorate the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001.

Key elements of the state’s 9/11 observances include the opening of the New Jersey 9/11 Memorial in Liberty Park and the State Museum’s exhibition, Remember 9.11: Reflections and Memories from New Jersey, on view September 8, 2011 through September 30, 2012.  A calendar of events follows:

March 11, 2011:          New Jersey State Museum installs 9/11 Tribute in the State House Rotunda; currently on view

August 18, 2011:        Teaching September 11th in the Classroom:  NJ State Museum Teachers' Professional Development Workshop Registration is required; call (609)292-6347 for more information. Other Teachers’ Professional Development Workshops will be presented at the State Museum in November 2011 and February 2012, and at Liberty State Park in March 2012.

September 7, 2011:     Remember 9.11:  A Commemorative Evening at the New Jersey State Museum features keynote address by Governor Chris Christie, cocktail reception and preview of the State Museum’s exhibition
Remember 9.11: Reflections and Memories from New Jersey on view September 8, 2011 through September 30, 2012.  Tickets required; call (609) 292-6301 or visit for more information.

September 10, 2011:   Empty Sky Memorial Dedication Ceremony, Liberty State Park, New Jersey

September 11, 2011:   Remembrance and Service: 9/11 Tribute Event, Trenton, New Jersey

Opening of the National September 11th Memorial at the World Trade Center, New York, New York

Please check with your local municipality for 10thAnniversary Commemorative events in your area.

November 4, 2011:     Remember 9.11
                                    First Friday Food for Thought: Lunchtime Gallery Walk at the New Jersey State Museum

September 2011 – September 2012:  Remember 9.11: Conversation Series
A four-part series that features prominent experts tackling important issues faced by survivors, rescuers, and victims of the 9/11 attacks, as well as the impact on our national security. The Conversation series will be presented to high school students during the day and to general audiences in the evening. Dates to be determined; tentatively scheduled for November 2011, March, May and September 2012. Registration is required; call (609) 292-6310 for more information.

9/11 Education Programs
Throughout the duration of the exhibition, related programming will allow us to extend the commemoration through the entire academic year, sending a powerful message that New Jersey recognizes the importance of 9/11 remembrance and education. Speakers bureaus, conferences, symposia and other educational programs will be added to the calendar in the coming months. Please visit the New Jersey State Museum website for the current schedule.

For more information on any of the above events, please call (609) 292-6301 or visit .
About the Exhibit:
REMEMBER 9.11:  Reflections and Memories from New Jersey

On September 11, 2001, the world watched in horror as terrorists used commercial airplanes as weapons against the United States, killing 2,979 people, destroying the World Trade Center, and damaging the Pentagon in their brutal coordinated attack.  On that fateful day, nearly 700 New Jerseyans - the second highest casualty toll after New York - perished at the World Trade Center (WTC), Pentagon, and aboard United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Beginning in the fall of 2011, the New Jersey State Museum will commemorate the ten-year anniversary of September 11 with a major exhibition exploring the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the people of the Garden State. Consisting of images of the aftermath, artifacts from the survivors, and personal stories of the victims, the exhibition calls attention to the impact of the attacks on the collective memory of New Jerseyans, ensuring that we forever remember 9/11.

Remember 9.11: Reflections and Memories from New Jersey and related educational programming is made possible in part through the generous support of NJM Insurance Group and PNC.

If you require anything further on this, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director




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