MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — The Muskegon Museum of Art is the first art museum to host an exhibit that tells the story of the creation of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum through photos.
Most people remember the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks by the images of the burning World Trade Center towers and people trying to escape the area when the towers fell. But there’s much more to the story of what happened at the site over the last 13 years.
“The focus of this show is what happened after 9/11 — the rebirth of Ground Zero, turning it from Ground Zero to another World Trade Center site,” said Amy Dreher, the manager of digital resources and staff photographer for the September 11 Memorial and Museum.
Dreher was working for a nonprofit on Wall Street on Sept. 11, 2001.
“I was completely helpless after 2001. I didn’t know what to do with myself,” she said.
Eventually, she joined the Memorial and Museum staff, picking up a camera and capturing the images mostly hidden by the fence surrounding the World Trade Center site.
Her photos, displayed now in Muskegon, show everything ranging from construction workers who cleared the site to the building of the memorial. The exhibit also features artifacts from the site, like a crushed firefighter’s helmet and dress shoes found at the site.
The exhibit opened at 6 p.m. Thursday and runs through Nov. 9 at the Muskegon Museum of Art, located at 296 Webster Avenue.
There are additional programs related to Sept. 11 scheduled through October at the museum.