According to curator of exhibits Matt Chasansky, "A lot of museums shy away from recent topics. However, we know this is a major time in our history, and we have a chance to really impact the way people view that history. [But] because this is such a recent event, we are not choosing a side. It's more like a document."
The exhibit is divided into three sections. Setting the tone is the 9/11 timeline once displayed at Ground Zero, along with text panels documenting the recovery effort. Next up are subtle artifacts ranging from a firefighter's Scott tank to aircraft fragments, chunks of building and WTC souvenirs. Finally, in a tribute to grief, human spirit and, ultimately, resilience, items left on the fence at Ground Zero are displayed, including pictures of people tagged with "missing since 9/11" and condolences written to the people of New York. Additionally, a podcast downloadable from the museum website tells the stories of a stockbroker, a retired firefighter and a transit authority worker on the tragic day. Admission is free. For more information, go to www.auroramuseum.org or call 303-739-6666.
July 3-Sept. 30, 2007