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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Museum Events

FILM - Out of State Saturday, December 09 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
In 2007, the state of Hawaii outsourced the care of roughly 2,000 male prisoners to a private, for-profit prison in Arizona. Exiled thousands of miles from their island home, a group of indigenous Hawaiian inmates have discovered their calling on the inside: teaching each other their native language and dances. As several of the men complete their sentences, the film follows them as they reintegrate in Hawaii. Out of State explores questions of cultural and religious identity; the overabundance of native Hawaiians and minorities in the prison system; the cycle of criminal behavior and its impact on the family; and prisoner entitlement. Join us for a moderated discussion led by Native-Hawaiian filmmaker and Out of State’s director, Ciara Lacy, and member of the Osage Nation, Jimmy Lee Beason II, M.S.W.

Meet the Experts: Christmas Crèches​
Sunday, December 10 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
The National Museum of Toys/Miniatures, 5235 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
Get to know the experts at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures through this monthly exploration of special topics. On December 10, enjoy special displays of Christmas crèches from the Bud and Jan Koupal Collection. Hear a talk about the history and tradition of holiday crèches, and stay afterward for cider and cookies. The program includes a lecture and museum visit. Included with museum admission.

TALK - Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU
Thursday, December 14 | 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317 Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 1301 Mississippi St.
A hundred years ago, Kansas City philanthropist Sallie Casey Thayer donated her extensive collection to the KU, forming the basis for what is today the Spencer Museum of Art’s collection. Celka Straughn, Director of Academic Programs, discusses this eclectic collection, from Japanese prints and American paintings to sumptuous textiles, ancient artifacts, and even valentines. This series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

TALK - Slow Art Sunday: Presepio 
Sunday, December 17 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317 Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 1301 Mississippi St.
Slow down at the Spencer and spend time getting to know one great work of art. Slow Art Sunday features one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with Museum staff. In December, get to know our 18th-century Italian Presepio.

TALK - Home for the Holidays 
Sunday, December 24 | 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St.
Every year, Spencer Museum Director Saralyn Reece Hardy spends an afternoon in the galleries welcoming visitors and leading informal tours to celebrate the holiday season. This year's tour centers on the origins of the Museum and collecting and sharing art as a form of civic engagement. Tours begin at 12pm and 1pm. Join us and make this Spencer Museum tradition your own. These tours are presented in conjunction with the centennial celebration of the Museum’s collection.

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