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September 11, 2001: Connecticut State Government Responds, New Exhibit and Digital Collection Thursday, August 4, 2011

Posted by aramsey in Archives, digital collections, Museum.

The Connecticut State Library recently completed the digital collection and exhibit September 11, 2001: Connecticut State Government Responds.  The digital collection and exhibit documents the response of Connecticut state government to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  Included are notes, remarks to citizens, correspondence, reports, programs, photographs, proclamations, and letters of condolence to the State of Connecticut from foreign governments.

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the State of Connecticut was propelled to action.  Led by Governor Rowland, the initial response focused on securing Connecticut and its citizens and offering assistance to New York.  In the weeks after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Governor Rowland personally called family members as the Connecticut victims became known and offered assistance in any way.  So many families began calling his office for help that the governor decided to set up Connecticut Helps – Office of Family Support as a clearing house for information and an advocate for the families.

On September 5, 2002, at the state’s first anniversary memorial service, the State of Connecticut dedicated Connecticut’s 9-11 Living Memorial at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, Connecticut.  Over the last decade Governor Rowland and Governor Rell continued to offer assistance to the families, approved several laws to further secure the state, worked with charities, assisted insurance companies on terrorism insurance, and gave remarks at numerous memorial services across Connecticut.

The digital collection is now available in the Digital Collections at the Connecticut State Library.  The exhibit is in Memorial Hall at the Connecticut State Library from August 3 to mid-October, 2011.  All exhibits are free and open to the public.



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