Teaching Families About the Impact of 9/11
Steve Adubato goes One-on-One with Noah Rauch, Senior VP of Education and Public Programs at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, to learn about the memorial, exhibitions at the museum and the educational programs aimed at teaching children about the impact of 9/11.
"Noah Rauch is Senior Vice President of Education and Public Programs, National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Good to see you Noah. Thanks for having me. For those who have not been there, describe this extraordinary place. It's incredibly powerful, and it's a place where you can't quite capture the scale in words. I've worked on the project for a little over eight years, and sort of in the time that I was working on it before it was open to the public, you know, my friends, people were coming up saying, "What's taking so long?" And it's hard to sort of... Yeah. ...capture what's down there. It's located at the World Trade Center at the foundations of the Twin Towers where they were anchored into bedrock. So the memorial stands at street level and the... serves as a roof to the museum, which is below... 70 feet below the memorial, and it tells the history of what happened, and also memorializes the almost 3,000 victims of the attacks. You know, as we enter 2019, this program will be seen in '19, do you think it's harder to keep... get people engaged and understand the significance of that day and everything that it has meant to so many? You know, it's something that we think about all the time. Certainly with the education programs. You know 17 years later now, you know, it's hard to understand the world we're living in today without understanding what happened on that day. And we found that we needed to ground people on what happened that day to understand the ongoing legacy. And you mentioned, you know, the ongoing health effects of those who came to work in the rescue and recovery efforts. I mean, we've had over 2,000 people die from being exposed to the air down there as they were volunteering their time and helping rescue and recover those who were caught up in the collapse. And so that's an ongoing story, and it's something that we're, you know, very much involved with, and want to bring to the forefront. How do you do it Noah? Give a couple examples of how you do that. How do you bring it back? Well, as one as one example, the... there's gonna be an evolution of Memorial this Spring, with a new... it's called Memorial Glade, which will honor those... Memorial Glade? Glade. Which will be a new section on the memorial, which will honor those who came. Many of which who gave their lives to those rescue and recovery efforts. We're looking at renderings of what it's going to be like? That's right. So it's designed also by Michael Arad, who is the architect of..."