Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum Grand Re-opening and 20th Anniversary
Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum is unveiling $10 million worth of new exhibits, including artifacts like a sign from the Kansas hotel where convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh stayed before the bombing.

The memorial is planning to hold a grand-reopening Thursday in downtown Oklahoma City to celebrate enhancements that began one year ago.

The museum has added 35 new interactive exhibits on the investigation, first responders on the scene, and journalists who covered the bombing on April 19, 1995, that killed 168 people and injured hundreds more.

Ever since Sept. 11, 2001, New York's World Trade Center has been ground zero for terror-attack remembrances in the U.S. (with the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., a distant second and third). That's understandable. But one of the unintended consequences of the 9/11 focus has been the marginalization of the site of America's other major terrorist attack: Oklahoma City in 1995.

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The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is reopening the museum Tuesday following an $8 million project to enhance the structure with new artifacts and exhibits.

Detailed information on the investigation of the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building and the evidence collected have been added to the museum. They include a key piece of evidence — the car that Timothy McVeigh was driving when he was pulled over and arrested north of Oklahoma City on the day of the bombing.

Peter O'Dowd's Cross-Country Road Trip

Aug 4, 2014

On July 19, Peter O’Dowd left his job as news director of KJZZ in Phoenix, Arizona, packed up his things into a two-door Honda Accord and embarked on a six-day journey across the U.S. to start his job as assistant managing editor of Here & Now.

He joins hosts Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young to discuss some of the people he met along the way, during the 3,000-mile trip.

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The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum has unveiled plans for a new $7 million project that will upgrade the museum and offer more insights for visitors into the deadly attack.

The plans were unveiled during a symbolic wall-breaking ceremony at the museum on Wednesday. The memorial honors the 168 people who died in the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building.

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A human rights activist from Pakistan who founded an all-girls school and his 15-year-old daughter who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban have been honored by the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

Memorial officials presented the 2013 Reflections of Hope Award to Ziauddin Yousafzai and Malala Yousafzai on Monday.

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While the nation’s attention is focused on the unfolding events following Monday’s explosions at the Boston Marathon, Oklahoma City bombing survivors, victims’ family members and others gathered Friday morning for the annual remembrance of that disaster.

After 18 years, the service follows a routine: bag pipes, one second of silence for each of the 168 people who died, a few comments, and then the reading of the names of those killed in the blast.

But this year, the emotions seemed closer to the surface at the service held in the sanctuary of First Church across the street from the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

Hundreds gathered Friday morning at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum to mark the 18th anniversary of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Hans and Torrey Butzer, along with their partner Sven Berg, designed the Outdoor Symbolic Portion of the memorial while living in Berlin in 1997. As Americans living in Germany, Hans Butzer says that blended environment guided their artistic vision for the project.

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says there have been no threats or heightened security in the aftermath of a bombing at the Boston Marathon - but that senses are heightened.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett says there are currently no plans to call off this year's Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon - but said events will be monitored daily.

"Obviously this time of the year on the calendar is a heightened alert in Oklahoma City. It has been for 18 years," Cornett says, referencing the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.