SUNY Potsdam Chosen to Host one of Thirty NYS 9/11 Exhibitions

08.10.11

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, along with the New York State Museum and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, announced today that SUNY Potsdam would serve as one of 30 host sites throughout the state for a “New York Remembers” exhibition.

In recognition of the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the state is organizing the exhibitions to give New Yorkers a place to remember the victims of 9/11 and honor the countless heroes who came from all corners of the state to help in the clean-up and recovery efforts. The “New York Remembers” exhibitions will feature historical artifacts from the collections of the State Museum and National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

“SUNY Potsdam is pleased and honored to serve as one of the places across the state where New Yorkers can gather together to mourn and remember the terrible events of 9/11. The ‘New York Remembers’ exhibition will allow our community to memorialize the victims and honor the heroes of that tragic day, while also reminding us never to lose sight of the importance of striving for peace,” College President Dr. John F. Schwaller said.

Each location will be open during the week of Aug. 29 and continue until the end of September. All will be open on Sunday, Sept. 11.

Many of the artifacts being exhibited have never been seen by the public, including the trailer used by families visiting Ground Zero, which 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.

“Every location across New York felt the impact of the senseless acts of terrorism that claimed thousands of lives just one decade ago,” Governor Cuomo said. “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 11th and to embrace the spirit of unity that brought us together on that day of devastating tragedy.”

All of the objects are being moved and installed with existing state 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.

For more information, and to see a full listing of the “New York Remembers” exhibition locations, visit http://governor.ny.gov/press/081011-911.

To learn more about SUNY Potsdam, visit www.potsdam.edu.

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.