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Penn Museum Display Highlights ‘Normal’ Objects From NYC 9/11 Site

(Eyeglass frames, top, and an alarm bell are among the items on display at the Penn Museum's exhibit of objects recovered from NYC's 9/11 site.  Credit: Karin Phillips)

(Eyeglass frames, top, and an alarm bell are among the items on display at the Penn Museum’s exhibit of objects recovered from NYC’s 9/11 site. Credit: Karin Phillips)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - A new exhibit at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology shows ordinary objects from the site of the former World Trade Center in a moving display about September 11th.

The Penn Museum’s special display — “Excavating Ground Zero: Fragments from 9/11″ — features 15 poignant objects recovered at the site of the terrorist attacks in New York City including eyeglasses, a computer keyboard, fragments of glass from the twin towers, and visitor badges.

Richard Hodges, director of the Penn Museum, says visitors will be invited to remember where they were that morning as they examine the objects.

“They are very telling, and I think emotionally telling, because of their normality,” says Hodges.  “Rather than being treasure, you can see the things that meant so much in a rather undistinguished but normal way to the people who were in those buildings on that day.”

Hear Karin Phillips’ full interview with Richard Hodges in this CBS Philly “At Your Leisure” podcast…

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The exhibit opens tomorrow.

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio 1060

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