Clifford Chanin, Executive Vice President and Deputy Director for Museum Programs at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, joins Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to discuss the new exhibit at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, "Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11."
On how the 9/11 Memorial Museum decided to do an exhibit on sports: We actually knew of some of these stories, not just of the athletic achievements that are involved, but the close relationships that developed between the family members of 9/11 victims and teams. And people who just felt that sports in their family's life was an important way of coming back to some reflection of what normal life could be after 9/11. (2:00)
On the stories between athletes and families: We saw repeatedly these athletes, who of course are public figures, but they themselves were asking repeatedly after 9/11, 'What can we do? What does any of this have to do with what we really are known for?' And of course people turned to them. Not because they had answers, but because they provided a base in some way that connected families to meaningful connections. (4:00)
On The New York City Marathon after 9/11: It's just an incredible thing. You know, the exhibition isn't really organized chronologically by calendar. It's kind of organized by the emotional arch that New York and the country took in that period of months after 9/11. As we were thinking about this we really felt like sort of the culminating moment of so much of this was the New York City Marathon because you have to remember the fires were burning at the World Trade Center through the end of that year. So, there was still smoke in the air although some of it had been damped down, but everything was still so raw. The idea that the city would open itself in this way. I mean not just in terms of hospitality, which is already a huge challenge and a task for the marathon, something that New York does so well, but open itself to the vulnerability that everybody was feeling after that. (6:25)
On what more we can see at the 9/11 Memorial Museum: We have a historical exhibition, which is 20,000 square feet really recounts the events of the day and goes back in time to explain why the World Trade Center was targeted and then forward to talk about what happened afterwards.We have a separate area of the exhibition, of the museum I should say, that is an exhibition that is only in memory of the 2,977 victims of the 9/11 attacks and also the 6 victims of the 1993 truck bomb at the World Trade Center. (11:18)