September 11th Initiative

September 11th Initiative

When in life have you felt most alone? If you could hold on to one memory from your life forever, what would that be? How has your life been different than what you’d imagined? How would you like to be remembered? Do you have any regrets? When in life have you felt most alone? When in life have you felt most alone?


StoryCorps September 11th Initiative was launched in 2005 in partnership with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum to record at least one story to honor each of the lives lost during the attacks on September 11, 2001, and the February 26, 1993, World Trade Center bombing.

In addition to becoming part of the StoryCorps archive in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, interviews collected through the September 11th Initiative also become part of a special collection at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

In 2012, StoryCorps received a Peabody Award for animations and audio commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and shared an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award with NPR and POV for the series StoryCorps 9/11.

Featured Stories

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"He gave me the joys of motherhood, and the pains of motherhood."
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"I had this wild thing in my mind that everything that happened on September 11th was my fault."
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Beverly Eckert
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She Was The One
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Original Support for September 11th Initiative

The National September 11th Memorial & Museum, The Carnegie Corporation of New York, PBS POV, National Public Radio, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress

When you give, you help us record, share and preserve these voices for generations to come.

Each week, the StoryCorps podcast shares these unscripted conversations, revealing the wisdom, courage, and poetry in the words of people you might not notice walking down the street.