MoAF Newsletter - April 24, 2015


New Exhibit: America in Circulation

America In Circulation: A History of Money Featuring the Collection of Mark R. Shenkman

This exhibit features approximately 250 notes spanning from the Colonial era to the present day and allows visitors to explore them in an interactive environment. Highlights include rare examples of currency bearing the signatures of signers of the US Constitution and Declaration of Independence; a complete set of notes from the Educational Series of 1896, renowned for being the most beautiful paper money in American history; and rare examples of high denomination notes including $5,000 and $10,000 bills. Explore the notes in "America in Circulation" through the online version of this exhibit at

Spring 2015 Magazine

Financial History, Issue 113
Financial History, Issue 113

The latest edition of our membership magazine features the following articles:

John Whitehead: Wall Street Leader, Cold Warrior, Friend to Thousands

Monopoly's Lost Female Inventor

From Disagreements to the First Divide: Founding Fathers Debate Economic Issues

Early Wall Street, 1830-1940

The Pingree Plan

Healthy Finances: Investor Ownership in Medical Products Companies

Financing the American Dream: A History of the Fully-Amortized 30-Year Mortgage

Click here to read a FREE sample article, or become a Museum member to begin receiving your subscription to Financial History.

New Exhibit: Legal Tender

"Legal Tender," Featuring the Art of Emily Erb

Artist Emily Erb's solo exhibition, "Legal Tender," consists of flag paintings depicting US paper currency from 1862 to the present. She employs the ancient Indian technique of silk painting to reflect a global perspective on the history of American money. Erb offers up representations of metaphorically counterfeit money as a luxurious creative medium of exchange in silk paintings installed from flagpoles. Conflating American currency with patriotic symbols of national identity, the artist initiates a dialogue on what constitutes the nation’s collective value system.

Lunch and Learn Series

Harley Spiller on
Harley Spiller on "Keep the Change"
Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Harley J. Spiller – the Museum's own “Inspector Collector” – began collecting money at age five when, at home sick from school, his father tossed him a sack of pennies and a Whitman coin folder. In the five decades since, Spiller has amassed one of America’s most extensive collections of unusual financial artifacts, as well as a wealth of anecdotes and quirky historical details about US currency.

Talk followed by Q&A and book signing. $5 tickets include Museum admission; Members and students free. Register today.

Lunch and Learn Series

Ian Klaus on
Ian Klaus on "'All Trades and Places knew some Cheat': Building Trust in a Free Market"
Friday, May 15, 2015, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

According to recent polls, trust in the financial sector, and Wall Street in particular, remains markedly low. If the financial service industry is serious in pursuing the problem of mistrust, it should look back to other scandal-ridden periods of the history of financial capitalism. This discussion of the history of trust and fraud will identify a series of steps that market actors can take to renew trust in the marketplace. Ian Klaus is the author of Forging Capitalism and a member of the Policy Planning Staff of the US State Department.

Talk followed by Q&A and book signing. $5 tickets include Museum admission; Members and students free. Register today.

Lunch and Learn Series

Kim Ann Curtin on
Kim Ann Curtin on "Transforming Wall Street: A Conscious Path for a New Future"
Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Kim Ann Curtin, author of Transforming Wall Street: A Conscious Path for a New Future, will offer fresh insight into what the future financial industry could look like. Drawing on the experiences of the 50 leading Wall Street luminaries interviewed in her new book, as well as the experiences of several other notable experts, Kim will challenge the established narrative of self-interest and greed that has informed so much of the coverage around Wall Street.

Talk followed by Q&A and book signing. $5 tickets include Museum admission; Members and students free. Register today.

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