The Dare County Library is excited to announce its participation in “September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World,” an educational exhibition that presents the history of September 11, its origins and its ongoing implications through the personal stories of those who witnessed and survived the terrorist attacks that occurred that day.
Told across 14 posters, this exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum’s permanent collection. It explores the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and communities at the local, national and international levels, and also encourages critical thinking about the legacies of September 11.
Twenty years after the attacks, with terrorism still a threat today, the events of September 11 and its aftermath remind us that we may never be able to prevent all the actions of people intent on harming others, but we do have control over how we respond to such events. Whether by volunteering in our local communities, serving our nation in the military, caring for the sick or performing other efforts, all of us can help build the world in which we want to live. As we witness history unfolding in our own time, the ways we choose to respond—both large and small—can demonstrate the best of human nature after even the worst of days.
This exhibition that was curated by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum reflects the core pillars of commemoration, education and inspiration as we prepare to observe the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
“During this 20th anniversary year, it is our privilege to share these lessons with a new generation, teach them about the ongoing repercussions of the 9/11 attacks and inspire them with the idea that, even in the darkest of times, we can come together, support one another and find the strength to renew and rebuild,” said National September 11 Memorial & Museum President and CEO Alice M. Greenwald.
The photographic exhibition will be on display at the Kill Devil Hills Library meeting room from Tuesday, September 7, 2021, to Friday, September 17, 2021. Visitors may access the exhibition while the library is open to the public. Beginning September 7, 2021, the Kill Devil Hills library’s hours are Monday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The “September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World” educational exhibition will also be on display at the Dare County Library’s Manteo location from Tuesday, September 21, 2021, to Friday, October 1, 2021. Beginning on September 7, 2021, the Manteo Library’s hours are Monday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The poster exhibition was developed by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for Humanities.
For more information about accessing the exhibition, contact the Kill Devil Hills Library at 252-441-4331 or the Manteo Library at 252-473-2372.