In 2015, the American Independence Museum in Exeter received a $1,000 gift from Optima Bank & Trust to support an exhibit that featured rare Revolutionary-era currency. Entitled “The Currency of Colonial America: the Struggle for Economic Independence,” the two-year exhibit is set to close at the end of this season in late November.
“It’s the last chance see 15 Colonial bills that help tell our nation’s story,” said Museum Executive Director Julie Williams.
Through anecdotes offered by guides at 1 pm daily, Tuesday through Saturday, the exhibit explains the Colonies’ initial struggles for their own currency, their use during the American Revolution, and the in creating a single currency. The exhibit also explores the process that went into making the bills, monetary terms and symbols and the reasons behind the use of interchangeable terms like Dollars versus Pounds.
“Optima Bank & Trust made this exhibit possible—and we are so very grateful,” added Williams.
To learn more about the Museum or its Holiday Celebration on Friday, December 2, visit www.independencemuseum.org. In celebration of the life of Jim Hayden, who served on the Board of Governors and recently passed away, the Museum will be closed on Saturday, November 12.