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9-11 Museum Slated to Open in New York City Fall of 2013

by Howard Clemens

Thousands of student travel groups have visited the 9-11 Memorial since it opened on September 11, 2011. Now, the 9-11 Museum—tentatively slated to open in September of 2013—promises to offer an even more comprehensive and significant experience for students and teachers.

The 110,000 square foot museum will be housed in the ‘heart’ of the former site of the World Trade Center. It will contain a vast amount of archives and material related to 9-11, as well as to the World Trade Center attack of February 23, 1993. Students will be able to learn about this pivotal point in American and World history in a fully integrated, instructive, and—in many respects—‘hands on’ environment.

Displays of Personal Artifacts Provide a New Perspective for Student Travel Groups

Displays will include personal items and memorabilia found in the aftermath of the attacks, such as clothing and photographs. In the Museum’s oral history collection, students will be able to listen to recorded interviews given by survivors, first responders, witnesses, and the families and loved ones of victims. They will also be able to watch videotapes and view documents and personal emails, many of them donated and provided by the families of those who lost their lives. All of this will be presented in respectful ways that educate and enlighten students of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

The museum will also offer a full digital timeline of the tragedies and the heroism so many demonstrated in response to them, right up to recovery efforts and the construction of the Memorial itself.  Some of the larger displays will include FDNY ambulances and fire trucks, as well as beams and other building structures recovered from Ground Zero.  Some student travel group leaders may want to schedule detailed, comprehensive guided tours to provide students with an opportunity to ask questions and have them answered.  There will also be a gallery showcasing the work of artists addressing the tragedy through a variety of mediums, from music to visual art.

Visiting the 9-11 Museum and the 9-11 Memorial

Over the years, many teachers have attested to how profound the experience of visiting the 9-11 Memorial was for their students. And many students have said that actually being at the site has afforded them a perspective they could not have gotten in a classroom.  Despite the tragedy of 9-11, the Memorial is presented in the spirit of hope, so student groups have almost always described their experience there as being as life-changing and enlightening.  A trip to the corresponding museum will surely be a way to enhance that experience, and bring it full circle.

Though it has only been open for a little over a year, the 9-11 Memorial is now one of the most visited sites in the world. Student groups have come from across the United States and beyond to understand what happened that day. The tragedy affected people on a personal and international scale. In the words of Joe Daniels, the 9-11 Foundation president,  “The museum will be a place for education and inspiration” that will “commemorate the lives lost, preserve the history of what happened that terrible day, and tell the stories of courage and compassion that were so much a part of the response to 9/11.”

Teachers wanting to give their students a full portrait of the historic significance of 9-11 should consider including a trip to the Memorial and Museum in any NYC-based student travel trip planned for the coming year. To synchronize the opening of the Museum with student travel dates, find updates here on the Memorial and Museum website.

To learn more about student trips to New York City, visit http://www.educationaltravelconsultants.com.

Carnegie Hall: An Unforgettable destination for Educational Student Travel

Make Music History the Theme of Your Next New York City Student Tour

Opened in 1891, Carnegie Hall has hosted many of the world’s greatest soloists, conductors and ensembles. Premier classical performances, jazz events, historic lectures, educational forums and more have been featured for more than a century. Carnegie Hall actually consists of three separate music halls created specifically for acoustics, audience size and atmosphere. The Isaac Stern Auditorium is the largest hall with seating for 2,804 people. The hall’s design makes the stage the central focal point of five levels of seating and the acoustics are famous across the globe. Isaac Stern, the hall’s current namesake, was once quoted saying, “It has been said that the hall itself is an instrument, it takes what you do and makes it larger than life.” Carnegie Hall is also home to the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Recital Hall, an elegant, intimate space for approximately 268 people, as well as the Judy and Arthur Zankel Hall, which was recently reconstructed and seats 599.

A NYC Field Trip for Music Lovers

Sanford I. Weill, the Chairman of the Board for Carnegie Hall, once said, “For music lovers worldwide, Carnegie Hall is the ultimate musical destination, an international byword for excellence, and an institution whose rich history chronicles the defining moments of so many of the world’s most admired and beloved artists. For the leadership of this institution, this legacy provides an enjoyable yet formidable challenge, as we work each season to devise strategies that build upon the past in imaginative ways and create essential new pathways for growth.” The brilliance, imagination and talent Carnegie Hall nurtured and inspired over the years has changed the face of music and continues to touch audiences of all ages today.

Make Your Student Tour a Success: The 2008-2009 Season at Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall has created an exciting and unforgettable 2008-2009 season featuring over 200 events including:

–Almost 160 orchestral, chamber, and recital performances
–Over 40 pop, jazz, folk, and world music concerts
–Events presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute

The season also features 27 world premieres, 6 US premieres, 20 New York premieres and 2 festivals celebrating American music:
–30 events are part of Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds
–Approximately 20 events will be held as part of Honor! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy

NYC Student Tours Celebrate American Musical Heritage
Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds
Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds brings Michael Tilson Thomas, leading the San Francisco Symphony, and soloists Thomas Hampson, Yo-Yo Ma, and Dawn Upshaw together at Carnegie Hall in an all-Bernstein program. The Bernstein festival is presented in partnership with the New York Philharmonic and celebrates the extraordinary achievements of the late Leonard Bernstein. Bernstein was and still is one of the most important international musicians of the 20th century and was known to be ‘a quintessential New Yorker.’ Student travel and high school musical tours to this festival are encouraged, especially for students studying music.

Honor! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy

Opening in the spring of 2009 and curated by world-renowned soprano Jessye Norman, Carnegie Hall calls Honor! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy a salute to, “the enduring vitality, influence, and creativity of African American music.” This festival explores gospel, jazz, classical, rhythm and blues and spiritual music and pays tribute to music pioneers in venues throughout New York City. Educational and community programs are also part of the festival. The Carnegie Hall National High School Choral Festival will be presented and a curriculum for middle school students teaches about the connections between African American music and U.S. History. Carnegie Hall’s Rose Museum hosts an exhibition about the captivating history of African American artists and socio-political figures that have appeared at Carnegie Hall over the last 118 years.

Additional New York City Student Tour Opportunities
In addition to this season’s festivals, students will have the chance to see a variety of other important performances and attend a multitude of workshops on an NYC educational travel tour to Carnegie Hall. Acclaimed conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim holds a series of 15 events. Tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain is showcased in 5 events. Legendary composer Gyorgy Kyrtag visits NYC as part of a two-week celebration of Hungarian music.

If NYC field trips are part of your 2008-2009 school year, see music history first hand on a student tour to Carnegie Hall.

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A Round Up of Student Travel Destinations

Performance Cruise for Student Travel

Band directors, music teachers and music students – have you ever considered taking a student performance group on a cruise? Student performance cruises are a great way to bring the group together and help them focus on a performance. Whether it’s a high school band, orchestra, or ensemble, the performance cruise will be a trip they will never forget.

The student travel group will be able to go island hopping in the Caribbean, and disembark from a choice of ports in Florida. Convenient ports of call, multiple destinations, great food, and wonderful performance venues are all good reasons to book a performance tour for a student travel group today.

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Some Hints for Planning an Educational Field Trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

There are a few things to keep in mind when planning an educational field trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York City.

The National Park service recommends that groups maintain a ratio of 1 adult to every 10 students. Chaperones must remain with their students at all times on the ferry and while touring the islands and monuments.

To enter the Statue of Liberty, each member of the group needs a monument pass. It is best to get these in advance because there is a limited number available at the ferry stations.

Also, due to security measures at the ferry landings and the monuments themselves, allow for extra time to pass through primary security screenings similar to those of airports.

And be sure to consult the National Park Service’s guidelines concerning items that are banned from the monuments. As noted in the article published on the Educational Travel Consultants website, it is probably best to encourage students to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island without backpacks or large purses.

New York City Student Travel

The best idea for students travel groups destined for New York City is to pack lightly. When visiting buildings such as the Statue of Liberty, The Empire State Building, and the United Nations Building, students should expect to go through security.

An article recently posted to the Educational Travel Consultant’s blog contains a recent interview with Karen Goodman, a licensed New York City tour guide, who gives student groups tips on how best to prepare for post 911 security regulations in buildings. We understand that security regulations are important and respect the need for them. Learn how to be prepared and save time on tours of New York City.