Building a Monument to First Responders

“We the People” Exhibit Opens at The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn

On Thursday Morning a small group of supporters and Chamber of Commerce officials broke out in applause as the the “We The People” exhibit opened at the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn. It features an interactive discussion of democracy in action and features two remnants of steel from the World Trade Center wreckage.

These were pieces of steel that were unusable for the Oak Lawn Rotary Club’s 9/11 First Responder Memorial just steps away at Patriot Station. It is estimated that 80,000 children walk past the Memorial on the way to the museum from the parking structure. This exhibit carries that very important conversation inside the museum.

It doesn’t reflect on the events themselves, but how people came together in response to those events. Museum Executive Director Adam Woodworth says that the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn is the only one in the nation with an exhibit like this. There are others with patriotic exhibits, but nothing of this magnitude.

Congratulations to the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn and thanks to the hundreds of supporters who have helped make this exhibit real!

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