As a student of history, I am fascinated by the interactive ways in which New Yorkers (and others who were in NYC at the time the World Trade Center was attacked) are contributing to the memory of 9/11. The outpouring of personal stories, videos, photos, items from loved ones and other ephemera is staggering and impressive. The National September 11 Memorial and Museum has just launched (today) an online initiative to collect as much material on a special website as folks want to contribute. It's a browsable, real-time collection of photos, videos and audio material contributed by those who experienced 9/11 first hand. It's called Make History, and invites citizen journalists of the world to contribute to the memory of the terrorists attacks. The site contains largely unedited material, however, and may contain graphic and disturbing images and some foul language, so be forewarned. Still, this huge collection of grass-roots data is a fitting tribute to the memory of those who perished in the attacks, and it's fascinating to look at what's being contributed. (Click here for a link to the Yahoo article discussing the new site.)
Note: The site may not load right away, due to the large amount of anticipated traffic as the 8th anniversary of the terror attacks passes. Additionally, if you arrive at the site and it takes a longer than usual time to load, try clicking on the "Skip to low-bandwidth story search" option.