Abby Anderson, 2014

Museum Coordinator, The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (Missouri)

Show me the money! I've been working at The Money Museum since shortly after graduating (July 2014). I am responsible for developing new content and project managing new exhibit projects both here in KC and at our Denver location. I also helpKU Museum Studies Program alumni Abby Anderson sitting at the front desk of the Money Museum. develop tour programs, presentations, and area partnerships, while also helping manage our store and provide daily support for our visitors. In the coming year I will be leading a complete redesign of our Denver Money Museum’s gallery space. 

The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City is a deep dive into the history of coin, currency, and banking, and explores how individuals can greatly improve their wellbeing through solid, financial education. When I graduated, I never imagined that I would work in such an institution, but what is wonderful is my work is so diverse and ever-changing. Money and finance is a topic that not only impacts every single citizen, but also tells the story of how our country was founded and where it might be going. The Federal Reserve is repository for banking institutions, and is a key player in ensuring that the money that flows in our economy is real (not counterfeit) and in good condition. Ever wonder what happens to those bills that took a ride one too many times in the washing machine? As those bills cycle through our doors, we shred them to keep the money supply fresh and reliable. We shred millions every single day! 

The most common question I get is, “What do you do with all that shred?” Shredded currency can be used to create insulation for your home, bio-fuel, our souvenir shred bags, and compost. Farmers love the money compost, and we joke that though money doesn’t grow on trees, it can grow trees!

My study at the KU Museum Studies Program prepared me to be flexible and willing to take on any type of work or challenge. The courses that stuck with me the most were Museum Education and Exhibit Design, as I am responsible for updating and changing tour presentations and updating and creating new exhibits both here in KC and in Denver.    


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