History informs the present. People have to understand the past to make sure we don’t make the same mistakes.
Growing up near New York City, William Twersky '12 felt the impact of 9/11 firsthand. Years later, he was inspired to examine the aftermath of that tragic event through a new lens. For a class final project while pursuing a master's degree in history at New York University, he proposed a hypothetical 9/11 museum exhibit. Four years later, his idea became a reality at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
Twersky's exhibit, Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11, reflects his undergraduate passions at Bucknell: history and sports. It explores how New York sports, athletes and sporting events helped rebuild communities in the wake of the national trauma immediately following 9/11. By focusing the narrative on sports, Twersky hopes the exhibit would bring more local visitors to the museum.
"I wanted a lighter take and different approach to a somber topic," says Twersky, who double-majored in history and classics at Bucknell while rowing on the crew team.
Majoring in subjects with a curatorial orientation at Bucknell prepared Twersky for his career in museum design. His work combines archival research, crafting narratives and project management, all of which are integral to studying history and classics.
During his master's program, he secured a competitive internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since starting his job as an exhibition designer in New York, Twersky has worked with other major museums and large-scale exhibits, including the National Archives and the United States Naval Institute.
Twersky credits his Bucknell education for instilling a passion for learning about the past and an awareness of history's role in the present day.
"History informs the present. People have to understand the past to make sure we don’t make the same mistakes," Twersky says. "Exhibits look at moments of impact and act as storytelling and teaching moments for the general public. They make an impact on people, and that’s what I like most about what I do."