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Exhibit marks first Sept. 11 anniversary

September 02, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

Louise Mowen and Isabelle Barnes have an enormous task ahead of them this week.

The two women are painstakingly clipping news articles from a year's worth of local newspapers for a Sept. 11 exhibit at the Allison-Antrim Museum in Greencastle.

The articles dealing with the terrorist attacks last fall and the ensuing developments will fill one, possibly two, enormous scrapbooks in an upstairs room at the museum.

"From the time it happened, we decided to save clippings," Barnes said.

"With this display, everyone can see how each day went," said Mowen, who is purposefully not reading the articles as she works on the project, knowing if she does the tragic stories will bring tears to her eyes.

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They hope to have the scrapbook finished by Thursday, the first day the "Celebrate America's Freedom: A Day of Remembrance" exhibit opens at the museum on South Ridge Avenue.

Bonnie Shockey, museum president, has collected artwork and poems from Greencastle-Antrim High School students and local residents to display.

She has also purchased retrospective books for visitors to look through.

"I'm hoping the exhibit will be cathartic for people," Shockey said. Maybe we can put closure on the one-year anniversary. But it will always be with us."

Among two dozen pieces of artwork is the painting "Compassion" by the Rev. Neville West, a Waynesboro, Pa., resident.

The print depicts a tear dropping from an eagle's eye, a somber President George W. Bush, the burning Twin Towers and a crater in Shanksville, Pa., where the fourth hijacked airline crashed into the countryside on Sept. 11.

The original painting hangs in the West Wing of the White House, Shockey said.

The artwork by the high school students is a mix of their initial reactions last year and new creations from last week, she said.

"I have five pieces that are an immediate response to the attacks through art. The others are a retrospective," she said.

Many of the students included a poem or explanation with their work.

Since hearing about the exhibit, other area residents have volunteered meaningful memorabilia.

A Waynesboro, Pa., man who worked at the towers for six months during its construction has a 11/2-foot replica of the towers made from the iron beams used in its construction, Shockey said.

She said she expects people will be moved by the books "Portraits: 9-11-01" and "Never Forget."

"'Portraits' is a really powerful book. It puts pictures with the face. (The victims) are no longer just a number between one and 3,000," Shockey said.

"I think, in looking back at the articles and books, it will also help people realize that we as Americans have moved on and continued with our lives. That didn't seem possible a year ago," she said.

The exhibit will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday and Sept. 11. It will be open Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

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