8/29/02
Florida International Museum Commemorates September 11th

St. Petersburg, Florida (August 29, 2002) The Florida International Museum (FIM) will participate in a national museum effort to commemorate September 11th. The American Association of Museums (AAM) is leading the effort to promote Museums Celebrate America’s Freedoms: A Day of Remembrance.

Florida International Museum will host the community on Wednesday, September 11 at 11 a.m. with a brief program honoring those who lost their lives in this national tragedy. Participating will be Gerd Schuch and Tom Bruno, St. Petersburg Firemen who will share their journey to Ground Zero to assist in the search for Gerd’s wife’s cousin. The National Anthem will be sung by Shirley Bassett and The Bells of Grace from Grace Lutheran Church will close the program with patriotic music.

The community is then invited for coffee and free admission (on September 11th only) to the TIME Person of the Year at 75 exhibition. This multimedia exhibition celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Person of the Year tradition through photographs, commentary, video and memorabilia that recall the spirit of the age and the individuals whose actions have most influenced the events of each year, for good or ill.

Since Rudolph Giuliani is the Time 2001 Person of the Year, the final portion of the exhibit focuses on Mayor Giuliani and September 11th. Photographs capture the chaos and the horror while words express Mayor Giuliani’s courage and faith as he led the City of New York and the nation in mourning.

In addition, the AAM has made available to museums around the country a documentary tape: In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01. This one-hour film will be shown continuously from Wednesday, September 11 through Sunday, September 15, 2002. The film follows Mayor Giuliani as he guides the country to a newfound strength that will emerge in the spirit of a new America.

Florida International Museum invites the community to share this Day of Remembrance by honoring the heroic actions of ordinary people.

The TIME Person of the Year at 75 exhibition opens September 11, 2002 and runs until October 27, 2002. The Florida International Museum is the permanent home of the largest private collection of Kennedy family artifacts in the world. Also on permanent display is The Cuban Missile Crisis, an interactive presentation that gives visitors the impression that they have gone back in time to the year 1962.

Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for college students and seniors 65+, $6 for students. Children under 6 are free. The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Last entry to the museum is at 4 p.m. daily.

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The Florida International Museum is a non-profit educational institution supported, in part, by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Florida Arts Council, State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the City of St. Petersburg. Other major sponsors include Progress Energy, Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, and St. Petersburg Times.