July 30, 2012
Re: Utilize State Museum’s 911 Commemorative Resources
September 11, 2001, is viewed as a defining day in American and New Jersey History. Six hundred and seventy seven New Jerseyans from towns and municipalities throughout our state were among the casualties that day. Beyond the casualty toll, New Jersey’s “9/11 story” includes countless tales of survival, volunteerism, remembrance and renewal. I am writing to make you aware of engaging 9/11 programs produced by the New Jersey State Museum that are available to towns/municipalities statewide to enhance your respective 9/11 commemorative and educational offerings.
The New Jersey State Museum, located just steps from the State House in historic Trenton, offers the public a robust slate of 9/11 programming including a 9/11 Conversation Series, lesson plans, teacher training workshops and the exhibition-- Remember 9/11 Reflections and Memories from New Jersey, currently on extended view through July 2013. The objects in the New Jersey State Museum’s 9/11 collection and Remember 9/11 exhibition tell stories of loss, brutality, humanity and civic response.
Recently, the State Museum partnered with educators to design a 9/11 Collaborative Learning Program, which includes short videos and accompanying lesson plans to bring the Museum’s Remember 9.11 exhibit content into classrooms statewide. The program also features interviews with individuals with personal stories connected to artifacts highlighted in the exhibit. This is part of the museum’s mission to truly be your state museum, telling the stories of the state of New Jersey and making those stories available onsite, online and in the classroom.
These engaging materials are being completed this summer and can be in the hands of school administrators/teachers in your town for the 2012/2013 school year. To request of copy of the video/lessons on disc, please email Beth Cooper, the Museum’s Curator of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on the program will also be available on the Museum’s website by the end of the summer, www.statemuseum.nj.gov.
I encourage you to consider promoting the use of these 9/11 resources in your communities. They will certainly prove to be an invaluable tool to engage your youngest constituents on the lessons 9/11. They can also enrich the commemorative efforts of your town’s 9/11 Committee.
Thank you for joining the League of Municipalities in supporting the efforts of New Jersey’s State Museum.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.