Mission: We, The 9/11 Museum Community Advisory Council, are a group of community members, scholars, and family members representing more than 100 members who share a deep concern about how the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 are remembered, represented, taught, and understood. Each of us, in our own way, feels a deep and abiding interest in the events of 9/11 and the need to provide the public with a historically accurate and inclusive understanding of the events of that day, the history that led up to it, and the history afterward, up to our present moment. We share a sense that The 9/11 Museum, as the central institution representing the history of 9/11, plays a particularly important role in the national and cultural landscape. While we appreciate that the 9/11 Museum has an extraordinary mandate in representing 9/11 to a wide range of stakeholders and audiences, we respectfully propose that this is the right time to deepen and broaden the Museum’s purview, its inclusivity and diversity, and to increase the Museum’s transparency and its responsiveness to community feedback.
Our request: We respectfully request that our steering committee be invited to a quarterly one-hour meeting, conducted over Zoom, to learn about museum programs and to participate in feedback and updates as the museum considers the needs of the communities it serves.
The 9/11 Museum Community Advisory Council is a volunteer organization, and as such we will adopt a set of organizational principles that will be published and open to change and evolution as our community grows, based on feedback and democratic principles.
We do want to be clear that we are based, at our fundamental core, in transparency, inclusion, and historic preservation. We share with the founders and stakeholders of the 9/11 Museum a conviction that this institution plays a vital source in remembrance and education. We hope you share our mission to continue to keep the 9/11 story in the hearts and minds of our city and our communities. We invite you to embrace these diverse communities, as we work together to heal the longstanding pain that was caused on that terrible day more than twenty years ago, and embrace critical scholarship and historic exploration.
Steering Committee – Founding Members – –
Dr. Debbie Almontaser, Bridging Cultures Group Inc.
Laura Frost / Scholar and Writer / Stanford University
Peter Gudaitis -New York Disaster Interfaith Services
Elizabeth Miller / Family Member / Fmr Museum Employee
Professor Nicholas Mirzoeff, Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University.
Chief Jim Riches / 9/11 Parents & Families of Firefighters / pending
Steven Rosenbaum: Filmmaker and Archivist – The CameraPlanet Archive
Pamela Yoder: Filmmaker and Archivist – The CameraPlanet Archive
The Steering Committee
The 9/11 Museum Community Advisory Council