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Cayuga Community College selected as one of 30 locations for 9/11 exhibitions

DATE: 08-10-2011

Cayuga Community College will house one of 30 “New York Remembers” exhibitions that are being organized as part of a statewide recognition of the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“We are honored to be able to house this artifact from the World Trade Center that serves as a visual reminder of the lives lost and destruction caused on that date almost 10 years ago,” said Cayuga Community College President Daniel P. Larson. “We encourage community members to take a moment, come to campus, and reflect upon this piece of history, remembering the outpouring of compassion that united Americans with each other and with our friends around the world.”

The exhibition will open during the week of August 29 and continue until the end of September, including on Sunday, September 11.

“Every community across New York felt the impact of the senseless acts of terrorism that claimed thousands of lives just one decade ago,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. "These exhibitions will give New Yorkers in towns, villages, and cities all across the state a gathering place to once again stand as one community to make sure we never forget those who lost their lives on September 11 and to embrace the spirit of unity that brought us together on that day of devastating tragedy."

The exhibitions will give New Yorkers a place to remember the victims of September 11 and honor the countless heroes who came from all corners of the state to help in the clean-up and recovery efforts. The exhibitions will feature historical artifacts from the collections of the State Museum and National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Many of the artifacts being exhibited have never been seen by the public, including: the trailer used by families visiting Ground Zero that includes photographs and messages; damaged emergency vehicles and other vehicle parts; aluminum and glass from the buildings; religious "symbol steel" created by the workers at the site; and airplane fragments including landing gear and engine parts. The stories behind all the artifacts will be told as part of the exhibitions.

The College will host  Country in Crisis: Cayuga Responds, an event to officially open the “New York Remembers” exhibition at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 31 in the Karpinski Rotuna on the Auburn Campus. The event features comments from government officials, College administration and faculty, as well as a presentation by Robert Brower, director of the Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology at the College, which was instrumental in printing the first satellite images of Ground Zero for emergency workers at the scene.

All of the objects are being moved and installed with existing state resources, including resources from the Department of Education, Department of Transportation, Thruway Authority, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, and Division of Military and Naval Affairs. The locations of the exhibitions are either in a public building or space, or have been provided to the state at no cost.

Other Central New York sites include Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rothschild Building at Ithaca Commons, Geneva Public Library, and the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology in Syracuse.