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The Tribute in Light photo is an art installation created in remembrance of the September 11 attacks. It consists of 88 search lights arranged in two columns to represent the buildings in which thousands died. It ran as a temporary installation from March 11 to April 14, 2002. Since then, it is repeated every year on September 11. Brian E Kushner/Shutterstock

You might ask why. It’s not that we don’t love books.

Our mission is laser-focused.

To make these stories Easily Accessible and Free to the general public

To offer a trove of personal 9/11 stories at your fingertips—stories enmeshed in the immediacy of the moment, writing as if to a friend, a family member, or in a personal journal—along with access to their drawings, photos, poems, videos, songs.

To reach young people born after 2001. For the young, 9/11 is ancient history. A paragraph in a book, a page on Wikipedia, a scattered video interview.

To reach teachers and professors at no cost, with one more tool to develop much-needed 9/11 curricula for students who can learn about how people their age in 2001 reacted and found comfort after tragedy.  (Teachers: The 9/11 Museum and Memorial offers interactive lesson plans for students in grades 3 to 12).

To reach journalists and historians trying to reconstruct the pieces and give a human face to tragedy.

To give access online to the disparate voices of people from different backgrounds, regions, religions, and political beliefs caught up in America’s devastating terrorist attack.

To put a human face on the statistics.

Our goal is to publish before September 11th. You can help meet this deadline by making a contribution now.

Your contribution will allow us to complete editorial and technical work, launch, distribution, maintenance, and promotion of these remarkable stories for the first time on a searchable website and via social media campaigns, blogs, YouTube, and other online venues. 

It is hard to find online the rawness and range of so many individual voices found in The Severe Clear Project: The Untold Stories of 9/11. Stories that reflect inner turmoil, hurt and self-healing. Tragic, poignant, inspiring.