Description Stuffed dinosaur toy belonging to Zoe Falkenberg. The dinosaur is turquoise-colored and wears a white collar with an orange-and-white necktie. The dinosaur is holding a smaller orange-colored dinosaur in its right arm.
Historical Notes Born in University Park, Maryland, Zoe Falkenberg lived with her parents, Charles Falkenberg and Leslie Whittington, and her sister, Dana Falkenberg. A student at University Park Elementary School, Zoe enjoyed reading classic children’s books and the Harry Potter series with her parents. On September 11, Zoe boarded Flight 77 with her family, headed to Australia for a few months. She was eight 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