By Mark Jenkins
The Washington Post
Crisp weather and the turning of the leaves aren’t the only incentives to venture out of the Washington area this season. Here are a few of the shows scheduled in the mid-Atlantic region, at museums somewhere between the James and the Harlem rivers...
“Andrew Carnegie: Forging Philanthropy,” Museum of American Finance
A teenage Scottish immigrant who began his career as a bobbin-factory worker, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) started the company that became U.S. Steel. Its success made him (by some calculations) the second-richest man in history. He founded many institutions, including Carnegie Hall and the Carnegie Institution of Washington. He also endowed more 2,500 libraries throughout the English-speaking world, from Fiji and his Scottish home town to D.C.’s Mount Vernon Square. This show recounts and evokes Carnegie’s life and career. The artifacts on display include a $100,000 gold bond certificate issued to Carnegie and his personal flag with the Stars and Stripes on one side and Scotland’s Saint Andrew’s Cross on the other.