On the morning of September 11, 2001, Col. Paul J. Evanko, then head of the Pennsylvania State Police now retired, raced to a state emergency command center as soon as he heard the first plane had hit the World Trade Center in Manhattan. What he did not know is how he and his colleagues would be drawn into the attacks minutes later when the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a rural field in western Pennsylvania.
“Witness to History” features Evanko’s actual handwritten field notes from the morning of 9/11. These unique documents, which Evanko donated to the Pennsylvania State Archives in 2016, are on public display for the very first time. They detail the rapid unfolding of events and offer a minute-by-minute accounting of decisions made to secure the crash site and protect Pennsylvanians.
Please join us on Thursday morning, September 9, 2021, for a very special Smart Talk Road Trip – WITF will be broadcasting live its popular radio talk show from The State Museum’s auditorium 9-10 am in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and to open our Witness to History exhibit. Reservations to attend must be made in advance, and seating is limited. To register, visit WITF’s Smart Talk web page for the event.
State Museum Director Beth Hager spoke with Tim Lambert, Multimedia News Director for WITF and Morning Edition and Scott Detrow, White House Correspondent for NPR about their experiences surrounding 9/11/2001. Watch the recording on YouTube.