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Objects And Memory

Ordinary things in homes and museums take on new meaning through association with people and experiences. "Objects And Memory" examines items recovered after, or offered in response to, 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing and the Vietnam War, along with the stories of people who find these items important.

Suzan Vitti, dubbed "The Entenmann's Lady" for delivering donated baked goods to first responders at the World Trade Center's ground zero, wears a jacket to which rescuers pinned their collar brass (police precinct ID's, etc.) in appreciation of her efforts.

Suzan Vitti, dubbed "The Entenmann's Lady" for delivering donated baked goods to first responders at the World Trade Center's ground zero, wears a jacket to which rescuers pinned their collar brass (police precinct ID's, etc.) in appreciation of her efforts.

Credit: Courtesy of Brian Danitz and Jonathan Fein

Mike Telesca, retired Battalion Chief with FDNY'S Safety Battalion, eventually recovered his beloved helmet which he lost when the World Trade Center's south tower collapsed.

Mike Telesca, retired Battalion Chief with FDNY'S Safety Battalion, eventually recovered his beloved helmet which he lost when the World Trade Center's south tower collapsed.

Credit: Courtesy of Brian Danitz and Jonathan Fein

A World Trade Center whistle recovered from the rubble.

A World Trade Center whistle recovered from the rubble.

Credit: Courtesy of Brian Danitz and Jonathan Fein

A crushed steering wheel recovered at the Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island where debris was taken by barge from the collapsed Twin Towers.

A crushed steering wheel recovered at the Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island where debris was taken by barge from the collapsed Twin Towers.

Credit: Courtesy of Brian Danitz and Jonathan Fein

A piece of metal recovered from the Twin Towers.

A piece of metal recovered from the Twin Towers.

Credit: Courtesy of ©Jonathan Fein and Brian Danitz

A "shrine" erected on the site of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

A "shrine" erected on the site of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Credit: Courtesy of Brian Danitz and Jonathan Fein

Jane Thomas, Collections Manager, Oklahoma City National Memorial, holds Murray, her companion as she went through the debris from the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building (Oklahoma City bombing site) and items left behind on the fence surrounding it.

Jane Thomas, Collections Manager, Oklahoma City National Memorial, holds Murray, her companion as she went through the debris from the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building (Oklahoma City bombing site) and items left behind on the fence surrounding it.

Credit: Courtesy of Brian Danitz and Jonathan Fein

A baseball and flower left at the vietnam Veterans Memorial.

A baseball and flower left at the vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Credit: Courtesy of ©Jonathan Fein and Brian Danitz

A rubber duck left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

A rubber duck left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Credit: Courtesy of ©Jonathan Fein and Brian Danitz

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