Tuesday, December 4 – Creating a Collection for the 9/11 Memorial Museum

Jan Ramirez, Executive Vice President of Collections & Chief Curator, National September 11 Memorial & Museum

 Jan Seidler Ramirez, Ph.D., is the founding Chief Curator and Executive Vice President of Collections at the National September 11 Memorial and Museumin lower Manhattan. Under her guidance over the past 12 years, the Memorial Museum’s collection has grown to include many thousands of objects, artworks, photographs, films, oral histories and audio artifacts, architectural relics, and other primary evidence relevant to 9/11 and the legacy of these events. In creating this resource, which continues to grow, she and her staff have worked directly with stakeholders from multiple directly -affected communities.

During her presentation Ms. Ramirez will discuss how the artifacts are chosen to tell complex stories, and how the narrative is evolving as the museum responds to a changing world and a new generation without primary memories of the day. She will reflect on how the pulse of the museum has already been transformed in the 4 years since it opened; and how the stories of 9/11 and its aftermath are linked indelibly to New York City’s first responders and skilled trades.

Previously, Jan Seidler Ramirez served as Vice President and Museum Director at the New York Historical Society, where she played a major role in developing that institution’s 20thcentury collecting program and its History Responds initiative, a series of exhibitions, public programs, and acquisition efforts focused on the 9/11 attacks in their broad historical context.  In her career Ramirez has held curatorial, interpretation, collections development and senior administrative posts at museums in Boston and New York, including the Museum of the City of New York.  She has taught. lectured and published extensively on American history, arts, and material culture.

Free admission, To reserve your place, please click here.


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.