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April 19, 2014

Bombing museum gets tech boost

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

Many museum visitors were children when McVeigh was executed in 2001.

“It wasn’t in the contextual reality of their lives,” Gallagher said. “There’s all this new information from the investigations, so now we can really add in the story of justice being served.”

Winchester, whose sister Peggy Clark died in the bombing, recalled picking up her three nieces from school the day of the blast and the family remaining hopeful that Clark was assisting rescuers at the scene.

“Initially we just assumed, because she was a doctor, with her medical training she was probably helping people,” Winchester said. “(The girls and I) realized later in the afternoon that it was time for mom to show up and she wasn’t there.”

With the new interactive displays, visitors can search for victims by categories like hometown, age, what office people worked in and artifacts linked to each person. Winchester said she used her sister as an example to showcase the interactive last week and was surprised by what she found.

“I pulled up my sister just as an example and on there was this ladybug, and I thought how strange, they must have put this in the wrong place,” Winchester said. “It turns out someone had left this thing on her chair on one of the anniversaries. ... It was such a nice surprise to me that others still care about her.”

 

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