Museum to Open "Financing a Revolution" Exhibit

November 13, 2008

Press Contact: Kristin Aguilera, Communications Director, 212-908-4695

New York, NY – In honor of the 225th anniversary of Evacuation Day, the day that the British left American soil following the Revolutionary War, the Museum of American Finance will present a temporary exhibit called “Financing a Revolution.” The exhibit, which will be on display from November 22 through December 6, chronicles the financial struggle in the United States during and shortly after the Revolutionary War, when the war debt played a pivotal role in the creation of a strong federal governing authority in the fledgling country.

The exhibit will feature various debt instruments dating from 1775-1792, including many that directly financed the war. Among these are bonds issued by the new government, as well as state-issued currencies and certificates and receipts for confiscated goods, provisions and services used by the Continental Army.

About the Museum of American Finance
The Museum of American Finance, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is the nation’s only public museum dedicated to finance, entrepreneurship and the free open market system. With its extensive collection of financial documents and objects, its seminars and educational programming, its publication and oral history program, the Museum portrays the breadth and richness of American financial history, achievement and practices. The Museum is located at 48 Wall Street, on the corner of William Street, and is open Monday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm. For more information, visit


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