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Curating the National 9/11 Memorial Museum
Curating a Permanent Collection for the National September 11th Memorial Museum
Jan Siedler Ramirez, the 9/11 Museum's Founding Chief Curator
Jan Seidler Ramirez is Chief Curator and Vice President of Collections for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City. Under her guidance over the past 9 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 evidentiary materials relevant to 9/11.
Immediately prior to her 2006 appointment, she worked as a consulting curator to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which was spearheading renewal plans for the destroyed 16-acres of the World Trade Center. Previously, she 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 collection acquisition efforts focused on the 9/11 attacks in their broad historical context.
In her career Ramirez has held curatorial, interpretation, collections development and senior administrative posts at museums in Boston and New York, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Hudson River Museum and the Museum of the City of New York. She also has taught and lectured on American and arts, and material culture at colleges, institutions and conferences across the country, served on the boards of various museums and non-profit cultural/educational organizations, and authored numerous publications relating to American arts and cultural history. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Jan earned her Ph.D. in American Studies at Boston University.
Amy Weinstein, Senior Oral Historian and Associate Director of Collections
Holding a master’s degree in the History of Decorative Arts from the Cooper Hewitt / National Design Museum / Smithsonian Institution, Amy Weinstein is Senior Oral Historian and Associate Director of Collections at the National September 11 Memorial Museum.
This position builds on her previous curatorial work at the New York Historical Society, where she focused on the material cultural of modern and contemporary-era New York. At the Museum of the City of New York she served in the photography and toy collections as well as research access and museum registration.
She speaks and writes about the process of acquiring materials relevant to 9/11 in the immediate aftermath of the attack. Museum work is a second career for Weinstein, who previously practiced as an attorney.
7:00 Welcome to our on-site and online participants
7:10 Introduction and program format
7:15 to 8:15 Jan and Amy's presentation
8:15 Open Q&A8:25 Closing remarks and announcement of our next big events!
Wednesday, March 11th, 6:30pm
SCC, Alexander Library
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