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The Things They Carried: Remembering September 11 Through Objects


The helmet worn by FDNY Engine 16 Lieutenant Mickey Kross, who survived the collapse of the North Tower. (Courtesy Skira Rizzoli)

At the distance of a dozen years from September 11, 2001, a new book relives the tragic events of that day through a selection of artifacts—Minoru Yamasaki‘s World Trade Center model, shattered plane fragments, the four-inch heels worn by Michele Martocci as she walked down from the 62nd floor of the South Tower and onto St. Vincent’s Hospital, and the wallet and wedding ring that once belonged to Robert Gschaar, who worked thirty floors higher.

The Stories They Tell (Skira Rizzoli), edited by Alice M. Greenwald and Clifford Chanin, also offers a preview of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, slated to open early next year. “At the 9/11 Memorial Museum, every object tells a story, bringing history into vivid focus,” writes Joe Daniels, president and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, in the book’s introduction. “The objects connect us to people who owned them, made them, used them, or survived them.”

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