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Financial Fridays: Museum of American Finance program offers 5 free stock certificates

Friday, February 17, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Museum of American Finance


WHAT WE DO

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. The heart of the museum’s mission is financial education, seeking to create life-long learning and inquiry by promoting a deeper understanding of how markets, investments, money and banking work. The museum is located in an historic bank building at 48 Wall Street in New York City. More information can be found at www.moaf.org.

WHAT WE OFFER

  • Center for Financial Education:Through its Center for Financial Education, the museum offers more than a dozen on-site and off-site classes to supplement its tour program, all of which are taught by trained museum educators and market professionals. Courses range from a money show-and-tell for young students to more advanced courses for university students and adults. More than 15,000 students in 400 classes participate in the museum’s education programs each year. More information can be found at www.moaf.org/education.
  • Museum Finance Academy (MFA):Since 2012, the museum also offers the Museum Finance Academy (MFA), an eight-week course for high school juniors and seniors that teaches students to aspire to financial independence, develop an appreciation for savings, set financial goals and learn to avoid scams. The MFA offers a unique curriculum based on the life cycle of spending and saving featuring engaging, interactive classroom experiences, guest speakers, access to the museum’s collections and exhibitions, and field trips to places of interest in the world of finance. Participation is offered to students at no charge, and all students who fulfill the program requirements (including pre- and post-testing) receive a certificate of completion. The top two students each semester are awarded a partial college scholarship.
  • Title 1 Program:Thanks to generous support from ING, the museum is able to offer access to its exhibits and educational programming to Title 1 Schools at no charge. This program also includes transportation and lunch for the students, teachers and chaperones.
  • Exhibitions:The museum offers permanent exhibits on the Financial Markets, Money, Banking, Entrepreneurship and Alexander Hamilton, in addition to timely rotating exhibits, which have recently included “Worth Its Weight: Gold from the Ground Up,” “The Fed at 100” and “Tracking the Credit Crisis.” On February 1, in honor of Black History Month, the museum opened “For the Love of Money: Blacks on US Currency,” a traveling exhibit on loan from the Museum of UnCut Funk. More information can be found at www.moaf.org/exhibits.
  • Lectures, Symposia and Events:The museum offers a robust calendar of speakers on financial topics of public interest. Among these is the museum’s Lecture/Symposia Series featuring prominent speakers from across the financial industry participating in lectures, seminars and panels. In addition to evening programs, the museum offers a Lunch and Learn Series featuring speakers, demonstrations, lectures and film screenings. More information can be found at www.moaf.org/events.
  • Publications and Collections:As part of its mission to document the history and practice of finance in the United States, the museum actively collects documents and artifacts related to the capital markets, money, banking and free enterprise. The collection includes stocks, bonds, prints, engravings, photographs, currency, checks, books and objects. The museum holds one of the nation’s premiere collections of 18th century founding financial documents.

    The museum’s quarterly membership magazine,Financial History, is the internationally recognized source for the history of commerce and the development of the American capital markets. Now available at no charge as a full-color digital edition, each issue features articles about the people, companies and events that have contributed to the nation’s financial system. More information can be found at www.moaf.org/financialhistory.

WHAT WE NEED

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization, the museum seeks corporate partners to underwrite its exhibits, events and educational programs. In addition, the museum partners with other nonprofits in the financial education arena to reach the widest possible audience for its financial literacy initiatives.

WHAT’S NEW
  • Stock Certificate Program for Teachers:The museum recently partnered with Bob Kerstein, founder of Scripophily.com, and Scott J. Winslow Associates to give away five stock certificates to the first 500 educators who request them. These primary documents conveyed economic value in a pre-digital age and can be used to enhance student engagement. To receive a set of certificates at no charge, educators must e-mail the information below to cmeyers@moaf.org. The museum will collect names until March 17, and certificates will be mailed by the end of May.
    • School (Name and Address)
    • Grade/s taught
    • Number of students
    • Subject/s taught
    • First & Last Name

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