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Regional museum preps 9/11 exhibits for anniverary

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As you read this, curatorial staff, artists and exhibit designers and fabricators are busy installing two one-of–a-kind shows that will debut this weekend at the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center for the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington.

Its main exhibition, “Fredericksburg Remembers 9/11,” is personal and powerful, drawn from accounts from eyewitnesses, first responders, local citizens and military personnel.

In gripping images and interviews, it recounts how the Fredericksburg-area community experienced the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Objects loaned from private collections along with photographs taken in New York City, Arlington and Shanksville, Pa., provide what the museum staff calls “a dramatic backdrop to stories of personal loss, unimaginable bravery and where we find ourselves today.”

“Fredericksburg Remembers 9/11″ opens to the public in Old Town Hall at noon on Sunday, Sept. 11. Admission to the entire museum complex, which includes two buildings and more than a dozen major galleries, will be free that day.

Meanwhile, artists and curatorial staff are putting the finishing touches on a companion exhibit in the Mansard Gallery of the museum’s Catherine W. Jones McKann Center.

“Community Artists: Remembering 9/11″ brings together six area artists, with each one presenting an original work that interprets events surrounding the terrorist attacks on the United States.

Created in a variety of media, the pieces explore themes such as “the missing persons of New York City, the attack on the World Trade Center, and the disappearance of things that once were so commonplace in our lives,” the museum says. The show is the latest in the museum’s Community Artist series.

Both exhibitions will be on view through Jan. 31, 2012.

Old Town Hall is on the southeast corner of William and Princess Anne streets in Fredericksburg’s downtown Historic District. The McKann Center, directly across from Hyperion Espresso, is at 1001 Princess Anne Street.

More information on the museum can be found here.