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9/11 exhibits to open in Riverhead, Northport

A memorial exhibit focused on 9/11 first responders

A memorial exhibit focused on 9/11 first responders will open on Sept. 9 at Northport Public Library. (Sept. 6, 2011) Photo Credit: MaryEllen Moll

A contemporary art exhibit will open Friday at the Suffolk County Historical Society to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center.

A highlight of the exhibit will be a series of rare photographs taken during the initial construction of the Twin Towers. They will serve as both a historical record and memorial, said Kathy Curran, director of the SCHS.

“It is very literal,” she said. “There are 28 photos taken by a construction worker at the site of the towers going up and the cranes that were building them.”

She said the photo collection ends with a “dramatic” photograph of the Twin Towers as seen through the Washington Square Park arch.

Other elements of the exhibit include photographs taken by first responders in the weeks following the attacks, a stack of broken glass from Ground Zero, and an 8-foot-tall metal sculpture of a plane hitting the towers created by Long Island sculptor David T. Haussler.

Curated in conjunction with the Riverhead Free Library, the memorial exhibit will also feature a video loop of on-camera interviews the library conducted with its patrons on their memories of 9/11.

About nine mixed-media artists will be featured in the exhibit and will attend the opening, which will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the historical center, located at 300 W. Main St. in Riverhead. The exhibit will remain open until Oct. 1.

A memorial exhibit, this one focused on first responders, also opened this week in Northport.

MaryEllen Moll, head of community services at the Northport and East-Northport public libraries, said each library has installed a mural of photographs collected through books and magazines since the attacks that depict the clean-up and rescue efforts of the first responders.

“We’ve collected material ever since 9/11,” she said. “It shows a powerful image of what occurred during those first days and weeks following.”

She said she was inspired to create the mural by a Stony Brook University-based project that collects the oral histories of the first responders and is also striving to monitor their mental health and medical treatment.

Moll said she compiled the photographs and transposed them onto wallpaper that covers a 72-foot-long wall in the Northport Library and a smaller version, about 48-feet long, covers a wall in the East-Northport Library.

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