Online Story Collections

Experience our interactive online exhibits created from our oral history collection.

The 9/11 Tribute Center has recorded and collected over 400 personal oral histories from the 9/11 community. Collecting, preserving and sharing this history is central to our mission.

Learn about our community of guides, stories of the National Guard’s involvement in the recovery, how visitors respond to our tours, how the meaning of objects can change over time, and more through our interactive online exhibits.

Note: Some of these exhibits use Adobe Flash and may not be available on all devices.

Highlights from Our Collection

Online Story Collection September 11th: Personal Stories of Transformation

September 11th: Personal Stories of Transformation

This toolkit is a collection of eight video stories of people who were deeply affected by the attacks of 9/11 and responded with humanitarian initiatives to strengthen their local and global communities. The stories include a local high school principal, a survivor, 9/11 family members, first responders, Muslim community member, and brothers who created memorials in Pennsylvania and Virginia. In addition to multimedia stories, these videos include materials for classroom use.
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Online Story Collection National Guard

The National Guard

The National Guard played a central role in the recovery efforts and securing the nation in the aftermath of 9/11. Watch videos about the National Guard’s personal experiences and their reflections about the anguish of responding to an attack in their own backyard.
Released September 2013
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Online Story Collection 9/11 Tribute Center Tour Guides Reflect and Connect

9/11 Tribute Center Tour Guides: Connect and Reflect

Experience 9/11 stories as told by our guides and their thoughts about the future. Gain insight into the healing power of telling and listening to 9/11 stories.
Released October 2013
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Online Story Collection What Visitors Say About Our Tours

What Visitors Say About Our Tours

Hear reflections visitors from around the world about our tours and their thoughts on understanding 9/11.
Released March 2014
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More from Our Collection

Online Story Collection Building World Trade

Building World Trade

Community leaders, real estate developers, architects and community members share their excitement and insight into the rebirth of Lower Manhattan.
Opened December 2012
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Online Story Collection Renewing Our American Dream after 9/11

Renewing Our American Dream

Immigrant New Yorkers share the many new challenges they had to overcome in the aftermath of 9/11, both on the WTC site and in their home communities.
Opened March 2009
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Please note that this program was built with Adobe Flash.

Online Story Collection USS NEW YORK in Tribute

The USS NEW YORK – In Tribute

Crew and contractors that worked on the USS NEW YORK share the symbolism as well as the personal meaning of creating and launching this ship.
Opened October 2009
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Online Story Collection Getting Back to Business

Getting Back to Business

Business leaders – from large corporations and small mom-and-pop shops – share the challenges they faced in trying to bring their businesses back to lower Manhattan in the years after 9/11.
Opened September 2008
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Online Story Collection Inside the Fence

Inside the Fence

Sanitation and transit workers and the labor leaders that supported them share their powerful stories of persistence and resilience in clearing debris from the World Trade Center site.
Opened January 2008
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Please note that this program was built with Adobe Flash.