On 19 February our newest travelling exhibition In the Money left the Ottawa area to start its journey across Canada. This will be an exciting adventure, not only for us at the Currency Museum (nervously monitoring its progress from afar), but also for the visitors who will learn more about our currency, its history and the technology behind it. The first leg of its trip will bring it to Science North in Sudbury where they are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Big Nickel. What’s better than being invited to a birthday party your first time away from home? I would love to also be a part of all these celebrations but at this point only my “baby” is going. It will stay in Sudbury until the end of summer and then move on.
As the Project Manager for the Travelling Exhibition Program, it’s not always easy to say goodbye to an exhibition that you have cared for since last March. I learned all of its little quirks and it taught me a good chunk of my new job. From now on, I will not be able to just drop in and check on how it’s doing. I will have to trust others to care for my baby, to pack each of its parts in their proper place. I know everything will be fine: it’s a fantastic exhibition that will travel to great institutions. The museum staff and I will be standing by to give a hand whenever needed. I hope that, along the road, visitors and hosts will keep us updated with pictures and comments about their experiences either visiting or working with our exhibition. So one last check… all the bits and pieces are in the right crates… have a great journey In the Money, and see you back in Ottawa in 2017!
Johnson’s entire family, two girls and five boys, was involved in the counterfeiting operation: dad made the plates, the daughters forged the signatures and the boys were learning to be engravers.
Among 1975 $50 bill’s various design proposals were three images, three thematic colours and even three printing methods.
Using a Bank of Canada Museum lesson plan, nearly 200 students told us who they thought should be the bank NOTE-able Canadian on our new $5 bill.
Reid was on the verge of ruin, yet insisted on continuing railway construction. Suffering huge losses, and with no credit or cash resources, Reid issued wage notes to pay his employees.