Description Plush teddy bear belonging to Dana Falkenberg. The bear has brown fur, a red embroidered heart on its chest, and a red ribbon tied around its neck.
Historical Notes Dana Falkenberg was born in University Park, Maryland, where she lived with her parents, Charles Falkenberg and Leslie Whittington, and her sister, Zoe Falkenberg. Dana was fascinated by princesses and often spent her day in costume. At night, she cuddled with a stuffed toy, Lambie. On September 11, Dana and her family boarded Flight 77 to spend a few months in Australia. She was three years old.
Curator's Comment For three-year-old Dana and eight-year-old Zoe, bedtime revolved around stories and stuffed toys. First, parents Leslie A. Whittington and Charles S. Falkenberg would read to Dana. After Dana was asleep with her favorite stuffed toy lamb, Zoe and her parents read longer books, such as the Harry Potter series. Most of the sisters’ belongings, including this pair of dinosaurs and this bear, were placed in storage in anticipation of the family’s move to Australia for Leslie’s university fellowship. After 9/11, Zoe and Dana’s grandfather found and saved these two toys. The family, according to the sisters’ grandmother, “loved each other, loved being together, loved books, loved life.” HIDE