Description Recovered black Motorola cell phone belonging to Andrea Lyn Haberman. The phone is significantly damaged, with encrusted dust and dirt.
Historical Notes Andrea Haberman was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She graduated from St. Norbert College in 1998 and became engaged to her college sweetheart, Allen, in 2001. They bought a home in Chicago together that year. On September 11, Andrea, an aide to the president of Carr Futures, was on her first trip to New York City for a meeting at Carr’s offices on the North Tower’s 92nd floor. She was 25 years old.
Curator's Comment Andrea Haberman checked into the New York Marriott World Trade Center hotel on September 10, 2001, for a three-day business trip. It was her first visit to New York City. She called her fiancé, Allen, to assure him of her safe arrival. The next morning, less than half an hour after she had arrived at the 92nd-floor North Tower offices of Carr Futures, hijacked Flight 11 struck immediately above.
After learning of the terrorist attack, Haberman’s parents, Gordon and Kathy, and her fiancé drove to New York, hoping to find Andrea in a hospital. When they arrived, they went to the family assistance center established by Carr Futures. There they were befriended by New York police officer Mike Meehan, whose brother, Damian Meehan, was another Carr Futures employee killed in the attack. Gordon Haberman’s exhaustive search for his daughter would expand into a quest for information and answers that brought him into the fold of a circle of supportive Ground Zero recovery workers. In the following years, he attended 9/11 Commission hearings, met with military prosecutors at Guantánamo Bay, and became an advocate for justice in other arenas around the country. His campaign for knowledge and accountability in his daughter’s memory was chronicled in the book Just a Few Sleeps Away by Mike Nichols.
Several years after Andrea Haberman’s death, New York City police notified her parents that her purse had been recovered. Returned to them sealed inside an evidence bag, it contained a broken pair of eyeglasses, her checkbook and register, credit cards, car and house keys, papers, and a cell phone. In 2011, the Habermans donated Andrea’s purse and its contents to the 9/11 Memorial Museum. HIDE