August 2011 — Volume III Issue 6 Insider






Vanya Scott
Acting Director of Museum Programs

Dean MacLeod
Evaluation and Community Education Specialist

Rebecca Fulcher
School Program Specialist

Sarah Dieter
Collections Management Intern

Joy Veenstra
Collections Management Intern


The mission of the National Law Enforcement Museum is to tell the story of American law enforcement through exhibits, collections, research and education. The Museum dynamically engages the broadest possible audience in this story in an effort to build mutual respect and foster cooperation between the public and the law enforcement profession. By doing so, the Museum contributes to a safer society and serves to uphold the democratic ideals of the U.S. Constitution.

August 2011—Insider
Volume 3 Issue 6 

Museum's 9/11 Artifacts Connect People to History

Witness to History: September 11, 2001

Exhibits of the National Law Enforcement Museum: History Time Capsules

Artifact Detective: August 2011

Museum Committee Ends its Work on a High Note

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Museum’s 9/11 Artifacts Connect People to History

Flashlight and Aluminum Air Tank Cylinder, ca. 2001. 2007.44.4 and 2007.44.5. Collection of the National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, D.C.

The National Law Enforcement Museum maintains a small but powerful collection of artifacts related to the terrorist attacks on New York City’s World Trade Centers on September 11, 2001. In any other context, these objects would appear to be the normal, unremarkable tools and pieces of everyday life and work. Today, however—ten years after the events of that day—a dimension of meaning, significance, and for many, deep emotion and empathy, overlays this small group of objects.

Museum staff has been privileged to host "behind-the-scenes" tours of the artifact collections, and our 9/11 collection is one that has been shown often in the last several months.  Visitor response to these objects is unfailingly far removed from the academic objectivity one might expect from the discussion of a collection of museum artifacts. The tangible evidence of the events of that day, including a stained jacket and a safety helmet worn by... Read entire article


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