Ridgefield Recreation Center to Host Final Installation of September 11, 2001: Connecticut Responds and Reflects

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Connecticut Historical Society’s traveling multi-media exhibit honors 9-11 victims by providing historical examination of contemporary event

The Connecticut Historical Society, a non-profit museum, research library, and education center whose mission is to inspire and foster an interest in history, today announced that its award-winning traveling exhibit September 11, 2001: Connecticut Responds and Reflects will be on display at the Ridgefield Recreation Center (195 Danbury Rd., Ridgefield, CT 06877) from August 19 through September 19, 2010.

Presented with the support of Liz and Steven Goldstone and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, September 11, 2001: Connecticut Responds and Reflects includes photographs of how people have responded to and reflected upon the contemporary event as well as an audio/video station where visitors can listen to oral histories, newscasts, and musical compositions related to 9/11. A focal point of the exhibit is CT’s 9/11 Memorial Library, which includes 153 elegant linen binders created in memory of each victim. The binders are comprised of public information, family photos, poems, and letters, as well as articles given by some friends and family members. The binders allow visitors to personally connect with the victims through their own words and those of the people who loved them and understand how people have continued to respond to and remember September 11, 2001.

Also on display will be the “Connecticut Remembers” Memorial Board. The memorial board was first started by the Office of Family Support and traveled throughout Connecticut before it was donated to the Connecticut Historical Society and incorporated into the exhibit. Other components of the exhibit include art and photographs documenting a multitude of responses to the catastrophic events of the day.

The Connecticut Historical Society developed September 11, 2001: Connecticut Responds and Reflects in 2006 to provide a historical perspective on a contemporary tragedy and pays homage to the Connecticut residents who were among 2,973 individuals who lost their lives in the day’s terrorist attacks.

“This is a powerful exhibit about an important contemporary topic and we are so proud to have created it and overseen its travel around the state since 2006,” said Kate Steinway, executive director, Connecticut Historical Society. “This is the last year the exhibit will be available, although much of the exhibit components featured in installations in Hartford, Westport, Suffield, Brookfield, and now Ridgefield will live on in the collection of the Connecticut Historical Society. We could not have kept this project going without the support of Liz and Steven Goldstone and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.”

The traveling exhibit is free and open to the public Monday through Friday 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 6 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The Ridgefield Recreation Center is located at 195 Danbury Rd., Ridgefield, CT 06877 and will soon house the Ridgefield 911 Memorial as well. To learn more about the exhibit, contact Anne Guernsey at (860) 236-5621 x256. For questions about the Ridgefield Recreation Center, contact Jane Byrnes at (203) 431-2755.

The Connecticut Historical Society is located at 1 Elizabeth Street in Hartford. To learn more, visit http://www.chs.org.

About Connecticut Historical Society:
Established in 1825, Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) is a non-profit museum, library, and education center connecting the past with the present and providing a guide for the future. It is one of the oldest historical societies in the nation and houses one of the most distinguished collections in New England. CHS is home to one of the most comprehensive research libraries in the State, helping people to discover their own family stories, towns and relationships to the greater community. CHS is also one of the State’s largest providers of museum education programs for school, youth and community groups and offers hands-on, interactive learning experiences for both students and their families. In addition to its own collection, CHS showcases a variety of exhibits, guest speakers and programs throughout the year. To learn more, visit http://www.chs.org or call 860.236.5621.

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