MoAF to Display “Out of the Vault” Exhibit at Schwab IMPACT® 2018 Conference

Exhibit will be on view from October 28-31 in Washington, DC

October 25, 2018

MoAF to Display “Out of the Vault” Exhibit at Schwab IMPACT® 2018 ConferenceThis 1792 bond issued to and signed by President George Washington contains what is believed to be the first dollar sign on a US federal document. It will be on view at the Schwab IMPACT conference in "Out of the Vault."

The Museum of American Finance (MoAF) will open “Out of the Vault,” a traveling exhibition of 40 highlights from its permanent collection, at the Schwab IMPACT® 2018 Conference in Washington, DC.

WHAT: “Out of the Vault” showcases 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 include some of the nation’s founding financial documents, including 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 on view have been signed by American political and business leaders from the 18th century through today, while others highlight technological innovations that have transformed the financial services industry. Together, these objects represent more than 225 years of American financial history and achievement.

WHO: “Out of the Vault” was curated by the Museum of American Finance, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution based in New York City. MoAF curators and senior-level staff will be on hand during the exhibition to answer questions and provide press tours.

WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC

WHEN: This exhibit will be on view during the following hours:
Sunday, October 28: 5:15-6:45pm
Monday, October 29: 9:30am-4:45pm
Tuesday, October 30: 9:30am-4:30pm
Wednesday, October 31: 8:00-10:45am

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: “Out of the Vault” can be viewed in The Exchange by IMPACT conference attendees only during the hours listed above. Special thanks to BNY Mellon for their sponsorship of this exhibit.

MEDIA ACCESS: All reporters who would like to view the exhibit will need to have media credentials for the IMPACT conference. To request credentials, please contact Kristin Aguilera at

About the Museum of American Finance
The Museum of American Finance, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is the nation’s only independent museum dedicated to preserving, exhibiting and teaching about American finance and financial history. 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. For more information, visit or connect with the Museum on Facebook or Twitter.

Media contact: 
Kristin Aguilera, Deputy Director
Museum of American Finance


Out of the Vault Media Advisory (PDF, 120.23 KB)