FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 6, 2021
Melissa Ziobro, Guest Curator
Monmouth County Historical Association
Announces Opening of Exhibition
MONMOUTH COUNTY, 9/11 AND ITS AFTERMATH
12 noon- 5 pm Saturday 9/11/21
Taylor Butler House, 127 Kings Hwy, Middletown
FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County Historical Association (MCHA) will open an exhibition to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Monmouth County, 9/11, and Its Aftermath will serve to honor the members of the Monmouth County community who lost their lives that day. In addition, the project will pay tribute to the strength and resiliency exhibited by the citizens of Monmouth County as they joined together to serve the nation, mourn, and heal in the tragedy’s aftermath.
The exhibit will open at the Taylor-Butler House in Middletown, an MCHA historic house museum built in 1853, on Saturday, September 11 at 12 noon. It will remain open through Veterans Day
Guest-curated by Professor Melissa Ziobro of Monmouth University and designed by Stan Cain,
the exhibit honors the 147 members of the Monmouth County community killed by the terrorist
attacks of September 11, 2001 (building on the work of Monmouth County’s 9/11 memorial
committee). Photographs of all 147 individuals lost from Monmouth County are presented, along
with their published obituaries or other tributes.
Special attention is also paid to the role Monmouth County’s first responders played that day and in the aftermath of the attacks – securing Monmouth County’s high density sites, which might also be vulnerable to attack; protecting the ferries bringing people from Manhattan to the relative safety of Monmouth County; helping with search, rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero; and supporting investigations into the attacks.
In addition, the exhibit pays tribute to the strength and resiliency exhibited by the citizens of Monmouth County as they joined together to serve the nation, mourn, and heal in the tragedy’s aftermath: lining up to donate blood, to provide rides home to those who had fled from Manhattan to Monmouth County, to raise funds for the families of the victims, and much more.
Visitors to the museum are encouraged to contemplate the questions we all asked ourselves in the aftermath of 9/11: how do we balance freedom and national security? How well-functioning, transparent, and accountable is our government? What does it mean to be a patriot? What is America's place in the world?
Photographs and artifacts used to tell this story come from the collection of the Monmouth County Historical Association, the New Jersey State Museum, and members of the Monmouth County community, including first responders and the family members of the deceased.
The exhibit is part of a tri-pronged effort led by MCHA to mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks. In addition to the exhibit, there is a short film produced by the Monmouth County Clerk's Office and a digital companion to the exhibit which contains, among other resources, an open-ended oral history project to continue to capture stories from members of the public who feel comfortable sharing their experiences for the Association’s archives.
“We are excited that this multi-modal approach allows for a fitting and timely public commemoration, with digital counterparts that will live on, and remain accessible, long after the exhibit has come down,” expressed Linda W. Bricker, MCHA President of the Board of Trustees. “We appreciate those who have come forward with their stories and hope that others will feel comfortable doing so. Capturing the story of 9/11 from different voices for our archives will be so important for future generations’ understanding of its impact on our county in ways large and small.”
And guest-curator Professor Ziobro observes, “We are so proud to be able to present the exhibit, with its companion oral history project and film, for the 20th anniversary. It has been an honor to work with our advisory board, family members of the deceased, first responders, and others. This is truly an exhibit about Monmouth County, for Monmouth County, and by Monmouth County.”
MCHA is honored to have had the following individuals serve on the 9/11 Commemoration Advisory Committee:
Virginia S. Bauer, Advocate, Activist; Trustee of National September 11th Memorial & Museum
Lillian G. Burry, Monmouth County Commissioner
John Fabiano, Executive Director, Monmouth County Historical Commission
Shaun Golden, Monmouth County Sheriff
Christine Giordano Hanlon, Monmouth County Clerk
Gail Hunton, Chief of Acquisition and Design, Monmouth County Park System
Anthony S. Perry, Mayor of Middletown Township
Amy Weinstein, Senior Oral Historian, National September 11th Memorial & Museum
Monmouth County, 9/11, and Its Aftermath will be presented in the second floor galleries at MCHA’s c.1853 Taylor-Butler House, 127 Kings Hwy, Middletown, NJ. The Taylor-Butler house does not
have an elevator to the second floor. A film providing an enhanced virtual tour of the exhibit can be viewed on the first floor of the Victorian house.
The exhibit will open to the public on Saturday, September 11, 12 noon to 5 pm. It will remain open through Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2021. The planned hours will be Thursday evenings from 4-8 pm and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon-5 pm. Dates and hours can be confirmed by visiting the exhibition page on the MCHA website: https://www.monmouthhistory.org/9-11. MCHA will follow all CDC and New Jersey guidelines for safe attendance due to Covid.
For more information on related programming, the oral history project, the volunteer docent program, MCHA membership, exhibit sponsorship the rental of Taylor-Butler for events and more, see www.monmouthhistory.org.
About Monmouth County Historical Association
While the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the work of public history sites across the nation, the Monmouth County Historical Association (MCHA), headquartered in Freehold, has continued its mission initiated in 1898, to preserve and celebrate the history of Monmouth County for all.