GSMT - The 9/11 Memorial Museum with Jan Seidler Ramirez,  EVP of Collections & Chief Curator

GSMT - The 9/11 Memorial Museum with Jan Seidler Ramirez, EVP of Collections & Chief Curator

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Jan Seidler Ramirez, Ph.D., is the founding Chief Curator and Executive Vice President of Collections at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in lower Manhattan. Under her guidance over the past 12 years, the Memorial Museum's collection has grown to include many thousands of objects, artworks, photographs, films, oral histories and audio artifacts, architectural relics, and other primary evidence relevant to 9/11 and the legacy of these events. In creating this resource, which continues to grow, she and her staff have worked directly with stakeholders from multiple directly-affected communities.

During her presentation, Ms. Ramirez will discuss how the collection was developed to convey the complex story of 9/11, and how the narrative is evolving as the museum responds to a changing world and a new generation without primary memories of the day. She will also reflect on how the stories of 9/11 and its aftermath are linked indelibly to New York City's first responders and the skilled trades.

Previously, Jan Seidler Ramirez served as Vice President and Museum Director at the New York Historical Society, where she played a major role in developing that institution's 20th century collecting program and its History Responds initiative, a series of exhibitions, public programs, and acquisition efforts focused on the 9/11 attacks in their broad historical context. In her career Ms. Ramirez has held curatorial, interpretation, collections development and senior administrative posts at museums in Boston and New York, including the Museum of the City of New York. She has taught, lectured and published extensively on American history, arts, and material culture.