Out of the Vault Traveling Exhibit

Schwab IMPACT 2018

On view in October 2018

Watch an eight-part guided tour of this exhibit here.

The Museum displayed “Out of the Vault,” a traveling exhibition of more than 40 highlights from its permanent collection, at the Schwab IMPACT 2018 Conference, which was held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, DC. “Out of the Vault” showcased some of the most unique, interesting and historical artifacts in the Museum’s collection, many of which have never before been on public display.

Featured objects included some of the nation’s founding financial documents, such as Alexander Hamilton’s Report on the Public Credit—considered to be the economic equivalent of the US Constitution— as well as the 1792 George Washington bond, which was signed by President Washington and is believed to bear the first use of the dollar sign on a US federal document. Many artifacts were signed by American political and business leaders from the 18th century through today, while others highlighted technological innovations that transformed the financial services industry. Together, these objects represented more than 225 years of American financial history and achievement.

IMPACT is an annual conference for independent registered investment advisors and independent record keeper clients of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. It is considered the premier benchmark event for the RIA industry, with world-class keynote speakers, education sessions, networking opportunities and industry exhibits. “Out of the Vault” was on display in the “The Exchange,” a central exhibit hall for attendees to connect, learn and refresh during the conference.

Museum President David Cowen offered tours of the exhibit, giving visitors greater insight into the significance of the artifacts on display and helping to connect financial history to present-day finance. David also had the opportunity to give a private tour to Janet Yellen, former Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, who gave a keynote address at IMPACT. Dr. Yellen will receive the Whitehead Award for Distinguished Public Service and Financial Leadership at the Museum’s 2019 Gala.

This traveling exhibit was sponsored by BNY Mellon.