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Finance Museum Offers Knowledge to Bank On

Even though the Federal Reserve System commemorates its centennial this year, many have yet to understand the pivotal role it plays in the economy. The Museum of American Finance demystifies the complexities of the nation’s central bank in its largest exhibition to date, The Fed at 100 (thru Oct. 1). The exhibit’s audio tour tells the history of American finance through descriptions of more than 100 objects, including The Story of Checks. The Fed has published this comic book, along with many others, for decades as part of a financial literacy initiative to teach children about banking and trade. 

Museum of American Finance, 48 Wall St., at William St., New York, N.Y., 212.908.4110

The Story of Checks. (Courtesy of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York)