Journeys of the Questress - WTC
The 9/11 Tribute Museum Closes
The Way it Was - 1
The Way it Was - 2
Sept 19 - When Tomorrow Never Comes
Sept 27 - Oral Interpretation
Oct 5 - A Mile of Tears - Part 1
Oct 5 - A Mile of Tears - Part 2
Oct 5 - A Mile of Tears - Part 3
Oct 11 - Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
Oct 28 - Each Day I Search the Rubble
Nov 12 - When Spires Fall
Nov 19 - 911 The Rape of America
Dec 14 - Just A Thought
Dec 18 - A Sense of Place
Feb 2 - Final Pass to the End Zone
March 3 - Sitting on the Edge
March 14- Do You Still Remember
March 20 - Virtual Walk-Through
March 25 - When Will It End - Part 1
March 25 - When Will It End - Part 2
April 1 - Towers of Light
May 14 - View From Above
May 30 - Tunnel At the End of the Light
May 31 - Seventeen Hundred
Aug 9 - From the Margins Erased
Aug 30 - The Train Doesn't Stop There Anymore
Sept 9 - Ceremonies of Light and Dark
Sept 10 - Just An Anniversary
Sept 12 - September Holds Great Promise
Literary Reflections
Rebirth and Resurrection
The Winter Garden Springs To Life
The Winter Garden Springs To Life - con't
Underpass to the Past
Rebuilding Ground Zero
Under Hallowed Ground
What Will Fill the Void?
I Submit a Design
Footprints in the Dust
My Memorial Design Submission
My Memorial Design - Drawings
New Path Train Station
Path Station Tour
May We Never Forget
That Which Surives
War Without End
4th Anniversary
Footprints in the Dust
I Miss 9/11
Time Comes Between Us
A Thousand Cranes
Fear Factor
Love Letters On The Wall
Empty Chairs
Sitting on the Edge of Forever
Walking the Perimeter of Emptiness
A Counting of Days
For Friends Absent But Not Forgotten
The Memory Keeper's Promise
Unbreak My Heart
Standing On The Edge Of Forever
Both Sides Now
A Memory In Time
The Gravity of Loss
The Survivors Rise Up
Flowers Will Bloom
The Fire Within Us
The Sentinel
Stronger Than The Storm
Between the Candle and the Stars
A Journey Through Remembrance
Canticle of Remembrance
Beyond the Crucible of Chaos
Journey Through Remembrance project
What See We Now
Forever In Our Hearts
Keeping the Flame Alive
The Rebuilding of Ground Zero continues
Does Anyone Care Anymore?
Where Is Our Story Teller of Pain
At Memory's Edge
Dust Thou Art and to Dust Thou Shalt Return
Heroes Never Die
The Flame Inside Our Hearts
The Year of the Heroes of 9/11
Déjà Vu
Remembering 9/11 in the year of COVID-19
Coronavirus Decimates Ailing Sept. 11 Responders
Touching From a Distance
That Which Survives 20 years later
2021 - 20 years later
Memories of Terror Return
Putin's Name Covered Over On Teardrop Memorial
The 9/11 Tribute Museum Closes
When Memories Fade Away
St. Nicholas at Ground Z is rebuilt
The Blue Wall of the Unidentified Victims
When Time Calls Your Name
When Art Gets It All Wrong


The 9/11 Tribute Museum Closes

Do you know that years before the National September 11 Memorial & Museum was built at the World Trade Center, a storefront visitor center across from Ground Zero opened? I discovered the 9/11 Tribute Museum in 2005 shortly after it opened and was amazed at what that small storefront held. It exhibited twisted steel from Ground Zero, a photo gallery of the 9/11 victims, and other artifacts and gave visitors a chance to leave messages. But it became best known for walking tours of the World Trade Center site, led by relatives of the dead, survivors, rescue and recovery workers, and people who lived nearby on 9/11.


The Tribute Museum was founded in 2004, by victims’ relatives who decided to turn a former deli, steps away from Ground Zero, into a center for commemoration of the 2001 terror attacks. The day I visited, I didn’t take a tour but went inside to view the artifacts and leave a written message describing my feelings about 9/11.


The Museum drew 100,000 visitors in just its first four months. Over the years, it also provided over 900 volunteer tour guides with an outlet for their grief, pain and sharing of emotional memories. However, the Museum was always dwarfed after the National September 11 Memorial & Museum was opened. The main difference between the Tribute Museum and the larger, nearby 9/11 Memorial & Museum at Ground Zero was the Tribute’s Museum focus on first-hand stories from people who were directly affected more than on Ground Zero artifacts.


Eighteen years and over five million visitors later, this gem of a museum is closing due to its millions of dollars of debt. Financial difficulties began in 2017 when the museum moved to a much bigger space a few blocks further from the World Trade Center site. The move exhausted the museum’s reserves and increased its rent. In spite of grants and loans and a forgiven federal Paycheck Protection Program loan, the museum could not make ends meet. A six month closure during the pandemic drastically reduced intake of attendance admission and tour fees. Bigger is not always better. I haven’t visited the National September 11 Memorial & Museum because of its long lines to get in. All I know is that the small Tribute Museum was welcoming and indeed a tribute to those who lost loved ones on that horrible day.