“Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States, December 8, 1941
Greetings and happy 2011 exhibit followers! When I realized my last post was on a Christmas exhibit, I knew it was time to come up with something new, and of course, my friends at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center give me something to write about by having another terrific exhibit for me to review. From the International Spy Museum in Washington D.C. the Freedom Center brings Cincinnati The Enemy Within: Terror in America since 1776.
This great exhibition looks at major events that are explained through 9 different terror topics including, Revolution, Sabotage, Hate, Radicalism, World War, Subversion, Protest, Extremism, and Modern Terrorism. This exhibition covers events from the burning of Washington D.C. during the War of 1812, to the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, to the terrorist attacks that rocked the nation on September 11, 2001. This exhibition displays actual plane pieces from the planes that were flown into the World Trade Center towers. Where else can you see these powerful pieces of history?
The exhibition is spacious, easy to navigate and packs an informative punch in only a few thousand square feet.
“Terrorism in whatever form is an assault on freedom,” said Freedom Center President and CEO, Donald Murphy. “As this exhibition dramatically demonstrates, our freedoms have been challenged internally by terrorists since our founding, and it is a reflection of the strength of our democracy that we have not succumbed to the terrorist’s agenda.” (Glavic)
See this exhibit quick! It was supposed to close yesterday, but due to positive response, the Freedom Center has extended the run of the exhibition and it will now close Friday, February 11 instead! Now with an additional week to see the exhibit, you have no excuse not to! It is a unique way to look at American historical events. No matter how many enemies we fight abroad, this exhibit reminds us that some of the most heinous attacks have come from within.
I again have to personally thank Jamie and Rhonda at THE National Underground Railroad Freedom Center for making me feel like an extension of their museum family.
For more information:
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Website: http://www.freedomcenter.org Twitter: @freedomcenter
About the International Spy Museum:
The International Spy Museum, the only public institution in the world dedicated to presenting the world history of espionage, features the largest permanent collection of international spy-related artifacts on public display. Through interactive exhibits with state-of-the-art audiovisual effects, film, and hands-on components, the Museum traces the evolution of espionage through the people who practiced the profession and it provides a context for guests to better interpret the role intelligence places in current events. Additional information is available at www.spymuseum.org.