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20 Years Later: New Canaan Remembers & Reflects

As the 20th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001 approaches, New Canaan Library invites the community to visit the Curtis Gallery, from August 16th through September 17th, where one can reflect upon the events through a multi-media exhibition and special programming. The initiative is presented with the help and guidance of the New Canaan based organization, Voices Center for Resilience, formerly Voices of September 11, and includes an educational poster exhibit from the the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City.

September 11, 2001: The Day that Changed the World (educational poster exhibit)

Told across 14 posters, this impactful exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s permanent collection. The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is the country’s principal institution concerned with exploring 9/11, documenting its impact, and examining its continuing significance. This educational poster exhibition presents the history of 9/11, its origins, and its ongoing implications. The exhibition explores the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and communities at the local, national, and international level, and encourages critical thinking about the legacy of 9/11.  

 Supporting Resources for this exhibit include: (online resources)

  • 9/11 Primer: Lesson plans, primary resources, and other educational materials have been curated by the Museum’s staff for this exhibition. LEARN MORE>> 
  • Activities from Home: These are simple, collaborative art activities that focus on how people respond during difficult times. Each activity features background information, a materials list, and instructions. LEARN MORE>>  


A 20-year Journey: From 9/11 to Today  (live Zoom webinar)

Join us for this live webinar, on Tuesday, September 7th at 6:00PM. Mary Fetchet, the Founding Director of Voices Center for Resilience presents the program, A 20-year Journey: from 9/11 to today. Ms. Fetchet, a resident of New Canaan for 33 years and mother of Brad Fetchet, who died in the September 11 attacks, will discuss her journey over the past 20 years.  She will speak about the evolution of her personal experience, her advocacy efforts, and how the loss of her son and the needs of the other families led to the creation of Voices Center for Resilience.  In the years since 9/11, Mary has dedicated her time to providing long-term support for victims’ families, responders, and survivors, and in assisting communities impacted by other tragedies. LEARN MORE & REGISTER>>



9/11 Living Memorial Project (archival database)

The 9/11 Living Memorial Digital Archive commemorates the 2,977 lives lost on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA, and documents the stories of survivors and responders. The Living Memorial is an extensive digital collection of over 87,000 photographs and personal mementos provided by families and friends to chronicle the lives of their loved ones in a meaningful way. You are invited to visit to search and learn about the lives of the victims, responders, and survivors. You can contribute your own story, submit photographs, or share a tribute or personal message. LEARN MORE>> 


New Canaan Remembers & Reflects (collaborative community journal)

Write or sketch your thoughts to share in our Community Journal to archive your memories and reflections in the Curtis Gallery from August 16 through September 17th. 

Voices Of Reflection (art exhibit)

Visit the Curtis Gallery to view select pieces on loan in support of the upcoming Art Exhibition at the Silvermine Art Center from September 1st – October 9th where you can view the VOICES private, curated collection of artistic expressions by artists of all ages from around the world, reflections of hope and healing, in response to 9/11 over two decades. LEARN MORE>>