Message to Members
2023 Gala Resumes as In-Person Event , Attracts Record Number of Attendees
On March 13 , we were thrilled to welcome back the Museum ’ s supporters to an in-person Gala celebrating our recent accomplishments and raising funds for the educational and public programs we continue to provide for students and adults across the United States and beyond .
Message to Members
David J . Cowen | President and CEO
More than 525 people attended this year ’ s Gala , which was held for the first time at Cipriani 42nd Street . It was our first inperson Gala since 2020 .
Despite the markets being down due to the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank the prior week , the mood of the evening was festive , as our supporters seemed to be excited to be back in person for a good cause , while enjoying the company of many colleagues and contacts they hadn ’ t seen in recent years . Additional details and photographs from the Gala can be found on pages 6 – 7 of this magazine and online at www . moaf . org / 2023gala .
We continue to display documents and objects from our collection in exhibits throughout the country . In January , we loaned one of the highlights of our 18th century collection to the US Capitol Visitor Center in Washington , DC , for an exhibit titled “ E Pluribus Unum : Out of Many , One .” The exhibit features our US bond certificate signed by Patrick Henry for $ 416.04 of “ assumed debt ,” dated November 1792 . The exhibit will be on view through July 2023 .
In addition , we are currently featured in two exhibits in New York City . If you ’ re in Times Square , check out the finance gallery at RiseNY , featuring our Hamilton statue and check , as well as the Bull &
Bear statue that had been on view at 48 Wall Street . Also , the “ Ebb & Flow : Tapping into the History of New York City ’ s Water ” exhibit that we opened just prior to the pandemic is now back on view at the NYC Municipal Archives at 31 Chambers Street near City Hall Park .
We also continue to host a variety of in-person and virtual events and educational programs , all of which are free to attend . Our two adult education series , presented in partnership with the New York Public Library , attracted more than 4,500 participants in 2022 and have both resumed in 2023 . Our Museum Finance Academy ( MFA ), which we expanded to a national audience last Spring , has resumed this Spring as a national program as well .
In May , we will co-host for the first time a hybrid program with the University of Chicago , which will be held in person at the Booth School of Business and broadcast live to the MoAF audience via Zoom . The program will feature two legendary financiers and economists — David Booth and Nobel laureate Eugene Fama — in conversation with CNBC Senior Markets Correspondent and MoAF Trustee Bob Pisani .
Also this Spring , we are offering a full line-up of virtual events in partnership with our good friends at the Fordham University Gabelli School of Business . Topics range from artificial intelligence to long-term investing strategies to the essential function of interest . Visit www . moaf . org / events to register for these programs or www . moaf . org / videos to watch any of the events you may have missed .
MoAF Trustee Dick Sylla ( left ) and President David Cowen with the Museum ’ s Patrick Henry bond in the “ E Pluribus Unum : Out of Many , One ” exhibit in the US Capitol Visitor Center .
4 FINANCIAL HISTORY | Spring 2023 | www . MoAF . org