Moving 9/11 exhibit makes stop in Nevada County |

Moving 9/11 exhibit makes stop in Nevada County

John HartNevada County Schools Superintendent Terry McAteer looks at poster of a missing person in traveling 9/11 exhibit.
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The faces of the dead, average age 37, meet you at eye level in the Imaginarium in Nevada City.

You’ll be able to see them today through December 22.

The exhibit, called “Missing: Last Seen at the World Trade Center September 11, 2001,” has stopped here after visits to Milan, Paris and major American cities. Nevada County is the smallest locale to which the exhibit has traveled.

On Sept. 11, 2001, New Yorkers, hearing that the World Trade Center towers had been leveled, started searching for lost relatives who worked there. Thousands of people posted fliers describing their loved ones on walls in lower Manhattan.

After people learned their relatives were likely dead under the rubble instead of in a hospital ward, the fliers stayed, suffering wind and rain.

Louis Nevaer, a New York City writer, gathered several hundred of them and created an exhibit.

Terry McAteer, Nevada County superintendent of schools, took his Bear River advanced placement government class to see the exhibit in San Francisco and noted the powerful effect the exhibit had on his students.

One poster, about Craig W. Staub, initially said the missing man was, “expecting first child this week.” A follow-up handwritten note on the poster said, “wife gave birth to a girl on Craig’s birthday.”

“These people all died,” McAteer noted. ” You can see what a cross-section of America they were.”

McAteer and Nevada County curator Diana Ely anticipate people will travel from Sacramento and Reno to see the exhibit. The exhibit will go to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., next year.


WHAT: “Missing: Last Seen at the World Trade Center” exhibit, a traveling exhibit of posters of missing people after the World Trade Center was bombed.

WHEN: Nov. 23-Dec. 22, Wednesdays through Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Imaginarium, 13061 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City.

ADMISSION: $3 for adults and $1 for children. Call 478-6415 for more information.

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