National Corvette Museum
National Corvette Museum

September 11, 2001: A Global Moment Exhibit

September 11, 2001: A Global MomentSeptember 11, 2001: A Global Moment is a major exhibition that explores the global, personal and historical significance of September 11, 2001. The exhibition includes rare and important artifacts from the World Trade Center after the collapse, a timeline that traces the events of the day, personal stories and objects, images, interactive programs and media about the everyday life and the aftermath. Visitors will gain a clearer understanding about the events of September 11, people whose lives were lost and use the exhibition as a platform to share their experiences about September 11.

A Global Moment is a major exhibition, approximately 8000 square feet in size, including over 100 important artifacts from the World Trade Center, victims, survivors, the aircraft and the international response from the collection of the New York State Museum. Included are hundreds of photographs, media, a rescue vehicle destroyed on 9/11, and compelling objects, expressions of sympathy from New York, such as the Times Square scrolls, memorial fences and missing posters, that bring to the visitor the powerful human response to the attacks.

PentagonWhere were you on September 11, 2001?

Eleven years after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, community members have a powerful need to reflect on how that day changed us.

Explore the September 11, 2001: A Global Moment exhibition and realize the personal and historical significance of the tragic events of that horrific day. A 10-year remembrance, this exhibition presents you with a platform to experience September 11, 2001, honor victims, survivors, responders and their families. Third in the United States to host September 11, 2001: A Global Moment, the National Corvette Museum does so with respect and compassion.

The events of September 11, 2001 are explained through images, recovered artifacts, videos, a full timeline and personal stories. Within the exhibit, you'll find items that help explain the story, such as:

  • American flag from one of the WTC towers
  • Building fragments
  • Signs
  • Flight attendant uniform
  • New York Police Department (NYPD) shield
  • Firefighters helmet
  • Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police jeep
  • Portion of August Rodin's "The Three Shades" sculpture
  • Nino's Restaurant's Statue of Liberty (was placed on a nearby sidewalk to inspire the rescue effort)
  • Various newspapers covering key events

At our remembrance fence, visitors are invited to leave behind items such as flowers, letters, and/or other tokens of sympathy or appreciation, if they so choose.

A truly global moment, claiming the lives of people from more than 80 countries, reaches us locally.

Experience September 11, 2001: A Global Moment in the spirit that moves you, and remember to honor the never-forgotten victims, brave survivors and courageous heroes of September 11, 2001.

Special Events and Activities

Interactive Remembrance Fence

Liberty Plaza, between Broadway and Trinity Place, was one of several sites in Lower Manhattan near Ground Zero where spontaneous memorial areas arose in the weeks following September 11th. Visual demonstrations of grief and sorrow as well as personal messages appeared on or near the fence on Broadway. The New York State Museum salvaged the three sections of fencing at the request of the Office of Emergency Mangement, one of which is on display as part of the exhibit.

The National Corvette Museum offers our own piece of fence, on which guests may place their own tributes and notes of respect.

Remember 9/11
A presentation by Wesley Wong

Wesley WongFriday, August 31 at 10am
Saturday, September 1 at 9am

Mr. Wong was appointed a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in October, 1976.  Upon completion of training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, Mr. Wong was assigned to the New York Office (NYO). Mr. Wong’s initial responsibilities involved investigations of Organized Crime and Asian Gang matters and served in numerous undercover roles.  Subsequently, he was assigned to the National Security Division, where he specialized in Foreign Counter-Intelligence (FCI) matters.

In August, 1987, Mr. Wong was certified as a Technically Trained Agent and was involved in the Bureau’s covert electronic surveillance program.  In June, 1999, Mr. Wong was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent, Technical Branch, Special Operations Division.  In October, 2000, Mr. Wong was tasked to head the Technical Branch, where he was responsible for overseeing the NYO’s information systems, Evidence Response Team, Electronic Technicians, Scuba Recovery Team, and the electronic surveillance program.

In June, 2002, Mr. Wong was promoted to Assistant Special-Agent-In-Charge, Counter-Intelligence Division, where he provided operational support to the Intelligence Community in carrying out the Nation’s FCI and Counter-Terrorism mission. During his career, Mr. Wong was involved in the investigations of John Gotti, the 1993 World Trade bombing, TWA 800, the 2000 Millennium bomb plot, and 9/11, where he was the senior FBI on-scene commander at Ground Zero.

Mr. Wong retired from the FBI in 2006 and is currently a Senior Advisor to the Special Operations Command, headquartered at Macdill AFB, Tampa, Florida.  He remains involved with his former organization as a guest speaker at the FBI Academy and is an Adjunct Professor on Counter-Terrorism at the Air Force Special Operations School, Hurlburt AFB, Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

Mr. Wong's moving presentation is not about fire and rescue, nor is it about the FBI. "I made a promise -- that if I could do something to keep the memories of those we lost alive, I would do it. That is where this presentation came from," shared Wong. The presentation includes images of New York City before, during and after the attack. Mr. Wong will also share personal stories of his relationships with FBI agents that lost their lives that day and the story of being trapped in the north tower lobby with a group of firefighters - later being led out, only to discover Father Mychal Judge, who would become the first listed victim of 9/11.

Details about this Exhibition, photos, timelines and stories
New York State Museum's website about the attacks against the World Trade Center
The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks - The 9-11 Commission Report

Jump to Teacher Resources

Special Thanks to Our Exhibit Sponsors



Crew Chief
Warren RECC

Pit Crew
Booth Fire & Safety
US Bank

If you are interested in helping to support this exhibit, please contact or call 270-467-8846 for a sponsorship packet.

TEACHER RESOURCES: Supporting Curriculum

Teacher's Guide: A Global Moment
Curriculum specificallly developed for this exhibition.

Learning from the Challenges of Our Times: Global Security, Terrorism and 9/11 in the Classroom
The goal of this new curriculum, developed by the 4 Action Initiative, is to provide teachers and community members with the tools they need to help students understand the challenges of today's world.

Video about the 4-Action Initiative

New curriculum developed by the 4-Action Initiative
- Introduction and Table of Contents
- Guidelines for Teaching the Lessons
- Resources and Websites
- Elementary School Lessons and Themes
- Middle School Lessons and Themes
- High School Lessons and Themes

Useful Guides
- 10 Years after 9-11 Stress Trauma and Media Overload
- Suggestions for Talking about 9-11
- Creating a Safe Space in the Classroom

Additional Curriculum Resources

PBS: The Center of the World Teacher's Guide
Aimed at secondary students, this guide was produced in conjunction with the film "The Center of the World" about the World Trade Center. It includes activities in several subject areas including civics, history, geography, and economics.

Following a Tragic Event: A Necessary Challenge for Civic Educators
by Laurel R. Singleton
Includes sample class discussions

9/11 and Terrorism: "The Ultimate Teachable Moment" in Textbooks and Supplemental Curricula, Diana Hess and Jerremy Stoddard, Social Education 71(5), pp231-236, 2007, National Council for the Social Studies

We Are Living History - Reflections of a New York City Social Studies Teacher, Teaching about Tragedy, Social Education 65(6), pp 336-340, 383-384, 2001, National Council for the Social Studies
Focuses at the elementary level.

Teacher Discuss Teaching About September 11, 2001
New York State Council for the Social Studies

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