Evacuation

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“Everybody was very calm, and you could see people coming from everywhere, just converging onto the Mall. We walked down several levels, down to the sort of flat, just before you get to the Mall. And all of us trying to get on our cell phones. And none of our cell phones worked. We wanted to let our families know that we were evacuating and that we were going to be fine. And we believed we would be. Because this was so difficult to take in. Such a difficult thing to, to comprehend. We were all working sort of on automatic.”
— Eve Butler-Gee, June 20, 2011
    Journal Clerk, Office of the Clerk

Video

Fleeing the Capitol

Personal account of evacuating the Capitol on September 11th.

John Feehery, Press Secretary, Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert of Illinois
Interview recorded May 10, 2011 Deed of Gift

Deserted Capitol

Description of the Capitol building during and after the evacuation.

Brian Gunderson, Chief of Staff, Representative Richard K. Armey of Texas
Interview recorded June 17, 2011 Deed of Gift

Confusion and Fear

Reflections of the confusion at the Capitol on the morning of September 11th.

Paula Short, Scheduler/Executive Assistant, Representative Nancy Pelosi of California
Interview recorded June 29, 2011 Deed of Gift

Smoke from the Pentagon

Detailed description of the period before the evacuation of the Capitol.

Brian Gaston, Director of Policy, Representative Richard K. Armey of Texas
Interview recorded June 30, 2011 Deed of Gift

House Pages Evacuate

Memories of House Pages on the morning of the attacks.

Tyler Rogers, Page, U.S. House of Representatives
Interview recorded May 5, 2011 Deed of Gift

House Committee on the Judiciary

Detailed description of the House Committee on the Judiciary the morning of the attacks.

Patricia (Tish) Speed Schwartz, Chief Clerk/Administrator, House Committee on the Judiciary
Interview recorded June 23, 2011 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

Tourists at the Capitol

Recollections of tourists visiting the Capitol the morning of September 11th.

Jeannie Payne, Tour Guide, Capitol Guide Service
Interview recorded June 16, 2011 Deed of Gift

Initial Reactions Outside the Capitol

Recollections of the mood of staff and Members after the evacuation.

Father Gerry Creedon, Guest Chaplain, Pastor, St. Charles Church, Arlington, VA
Interview recorded June 8, 2011 Deed of Gift

Quiet Ride Home

Personal account of leaving the Capitol on September 11th.

Brian Gaston, Director of Policy, Representative Richard K. Armey of Texas
Interview recorded June 30, 2011 Deed of Gift

Helicopters and the Secure Location

Recollections of the secure location for congressional leaders.

Steve Elmendorf, Chief of Staff, Representative Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri
Interview recorded June 1, 2011 Deed of Gift

Secure Location

Detailed account of the secure location used by House and Senate leaders.

John Feehery, Press Secretary, Speaker of the House J, Dennis Hastert of Illinois
Interview recorded May 10, 2011 Deed of Gift

In the Shelter

Eyewitness account of the secure location for congressional leaders after the attacks.

Brian Gunderson, Chief of Staff, Representative Richard K. Armey of Texas
Interview recorded June 17, 2011 Deed of Gift

Audio

Chaos

Outside the Capitol after the evacuation on September 11th.

Jim Mills, Senior Capitol Hill Producer, Fox News Channel
Interview recorded June 17, 2011 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

Sources of Information

Attempting to find sources of information on September 11th.

Jim Mills, Senior Capitol Hill Producer, Fox News Channel
Interview recorded June 17, 2011 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)

The Pentagon

Reflections on capturing images of the attack on the Pentagon.

Jim Mills, Senior Capitol Hill Producer, Fox News Channel
Interview recorded June 17, 2011 Deed of Gift
Transcript (PDF)