Smithsonian To Head To Ground Zero?
After International Freedom Center Plans Scrapped, Smithsonian Could Be Moving In
CBS | October 20, 2005
Is it possible that the Smithsonian Institution could fill the void left when Governor Pataki killed plans for the International Freedom Center at Ground Zero?
That's one possibility being explored according to this morning's daily news, and it's unclear how 9-11 families would feel about this American institution having a role right next to the memorial.
9/11 families pressured Governor Pataki to scrap plans for the International Freedom Center at Ground Zero because they felt it would have focused on global freedom, possibly with an anti-American bent, and not on the terrorist attacks and heroism of September 11th.
So now comes word that the Smithsonian Institution has been approached by state officials about getting involved in plans for the cultural building at ground zero.
According to this morning's daily news, The Smithsonian is considering an advisory role in mounting exhibits.
The Smithsonian already has strong Manhattan ties, its collections are currently at the National Museum of the American Indian and the Cooper Hewitt design museum.
The Smithsonian's chief operating officer would not confirm or deny the possibility of his institution playing a role in the cultural building slated for ground zero.
There is a news conference at 2pm today, though it is not clear what it announcement will be.
Last modified October 20, 2005