The Post-9/11 Story: Questions, Reflections, and a Museum Exhibit

National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum to host panel discussion August 19 on selecting content for upcoming museum exhibition.

The National Law Enforcement Museum (NLEM) will host a free, virtual panel event with goals of gathering elite professionals to discuss the exclusive process of selecting what to address in museum exhibitions. The event will be held August 19 via Livestream on Facebook and YouTube, beginning at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

As a kick-off event in advance of the opening of the NLEM’s exhibition, Post 9/11: The Evolution of American Law Enforcement, this program will pull back the curtain on the behind-the-scenes conversations that go into crafting an exhibit about the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and life since.

“The devastating events of 9/11 have impacted us all,” said Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “We want to provide an in-depth discussion on how we determined what to display in this special exhibit, so that our visitors can learn about the effects on law enforcement in the aftermath of 9/11.”

Discussing a contemporary, traumatic, and critical moment in our nation’s story brings certain challenges when compared to more historical subjects. By pulling together partners from across the museum field, the goal is to broaden conversations about shared experiences and why museum professionals choose what to address in an exhibit.

Welcoming remarks will be given by Ferranto, and the discussion will be moderated by Thomas Canavan, Executive Director, National Law Enforcement Museum. Laura Lott, President and CEO, American Alliance of Museums, will be the keynote speaker.

Panelists include:

  • David H. Schanzer, Director of the Triangle Center of Terrorism and Homeland Security, Duke University
  • Michael Burns, Chief of Experience Strategies (CXS), Quatrefoil Associates
  • Josh Feinberg, Museum Content Developer, JAF Consulting
  • Amy Weinstein, Senior Curator of Oral History and Vice President of Collections, National September 11 Memorial & Museum
  • Cedric Yeh, Project Director – NYC Latino 9-11 Collecting Initiative, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History

To register to attend the virtual panel discussion, visit:

Media who wish to attend the panel discussion, please contact Lisa Comer at 601-664-2010.


About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the fallen, telling the story of American law enforcement, and making it safer for those who serve. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., which honors the names of all of the 22,611 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building is committed to preserving the history of American law enforcement and sharing the experiences of service and sacrifice for generations to come.