On May 8, the Museum posted the first video in its new “Out of the Vault” video series, which is now available on its YouTube channel and across its social media platforms. These short videos explore objects and documents from the Museum’s collection that were featured in the “Out of the Vault” exhibit. David Cowen, the Museum's president and CEO, narrates the series from his home during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The “Out of the Vault” exhibit showcased some of the most unique, interesting and historical artifacts in the Museum’s collection. Featured objects include 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 highlight technological innovations that transformed the financial services industry. Together, these objects represent more than 225 years of American financial history and achievement.