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February 12, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Friday, repeating until February 26, 2021

$18.00 – $20.00

Money in America: The History of America’s Changing Currency”

Fridays, February 12 – 26; 3-5pm 

with Dr. Matthew Warshauer, Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University 

Series of 3: $20 (members $18) 

Back by popular demand! Professor Warshauer offers an insightful history of American money, from early bartering and colonial currency to today’s almighty dollar.

This program takes place virtually via GoTo Webinar. You will receive a confirmation email of your registration. The links to the virtual programs will be sent via email closer to the event dates.

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Money in America: The History of America’s Changing Currency SESSION #1

From pounds to dollars, how did currency and economics challenge America in its infancy?  What was Alexander Hamilton’s grand economic plan for the United States and what does it tell us about the concept of “free market” economics?  Join us for an intriguing look at barter, paper money, banking, and the growth of a modern financial system during the Early Republic.

Money in America: The History of America’s Changing Currency SESSION #2

Economic growing pains continued to plague the U.S. as a market economy boomed following the War of 1812, stalled because of inflation and overproduction, ignited a massive bank war that challenged not only the saliency of paper currency versus hard money (gold and silver), but the financial power of a national bank that was eerily reminiscent of the 2008 crash and worries over “too big to fail.”

Money in America: The History of America’s Changing Currency SESSION #3

Why is our money green, and when did a national currency become standardized?  When did the U.S. resolve the question of an appropriate banking system and what’s the deal with gold and silver, notes, paper, gold standard, yada yada.  Does our money actually have any real value?

Image: Alexander Hamilton portrait by John Trumbull, 1806.

Support provided by HSB and Connecticut Humanities with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act.


Media Sponsor: Connecticut Public

Educational & Travel Program Refund Policy
No refunds for programs $20 and under, Broadway bus trips, or Christmastime Teas after transaction is complete.*
Refunds for programs over $20 are subject to a $20 cancellation fee.
Refunds (less $20 fee) are offered for cancellations made prior to a program’s noted refund date. Programs without a refund date can be cancelled one hour prior to event. No refunds after program takes place.
Unfortunately, program payments cannot be transferred to other programs after transaction is complete.
*Programs purchased in a bundle (several programs on one transaction) must be cancelled as a bundle to receive any refund.
(updated February 2019)


February 12, 2021
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$18.00 – $20.00
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Florence Griswold
(860) 434-5542
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