Financial History Issue 121 (Spring 2017) - Page 7

MUSEUM NEWS   THE TICKER This Spring, the Museum’s long-time Director of Development, Jeanne Baker Driscoll, retired after serving in that posi- tion for the past 10 years. Jeanne joined the Museum in February 2007, just as the institution was in the midst of moving to its current home at 48 Wall Street. Among her major achievements was the creation of the Museum’s Annual Gala, including the introduction of the Whitehead Award, which is the focal point of that event. In 2007, Jeanne approached John Whitehead with the concept for an award honoring leaders in the financial sector who have also distinguished themselves in public service, and he agreed to have it named for him. The Whitehead Award was announced at the Museum’s inaugural Gala in 2008 and has been presented each year since then to honorees including Paul Volcker, Bill Donaldson, Bill Harrison, David Rubinstein and Lawrence Sum- mers. The Gala has grown substantially since its inception — in both attendance MoAF Development Director Jeanne Driscoll Retires After 10 Years of Service Jeanne Baker Driscoll (right) with Vice Chair Andrea de Cholnoky. and financial support — and it currently provides more than $1 million in fund- ing annually to support all aspects of the Museum’s educational mission. In addition to her work on the Gala, Jeanne created tiered corporate and indi- vidual membership programs, including the implementation of NARM (North American Reciprocal Museum Associ- ation) benefits. She also instituted the Museum’s planned giving program, called the Futures Society. “It has been a real privilege to spend the last decade of my career at the Museum, where I have had the advantage of work- ing with such a wonderful staff and board,” she said. In her retirement, Jeanne plans to enjoy more time traveling and spending time with her friends and family. She will also remain an active board member of the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, which is based in Newcastle, Maine. “We have a small staff, and that has meant we have all bonded closely,” said David Cowen, president of the Museum. “While we will miss one of our family members who is retiring, we wish Jeanne the very best and thank her for an incred- ible 10 years of dedication.” Until a new Director of Development has been appointed, all development- related inquiries should be directed to Mindy Ross, Director of External Rela- tions, at mross@moaf.org.  UPCOMING EVENTS May 18 Walking Tour: Panics and Crashes. 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $15 includes admission to the Museum and the Lunch and Learn. May 18 Lunch and Learn Series: Brian Patrick Eha on “How Money Got Free: Bitcoin and the Fight for the Future of Finance.” Talk followed by Q&A and book signing. 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. $5 includes Museum admission; members and students free. Jun 10 Walking Tour: History of Wall Street. 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $15 includes Museum admission. The June 14 tour also includes & 14 Lunch and Learn admission. Jun 14 Lunch and Learn Series: Robert Johnson and Alexander Heffner on “The Dual Pillars of American Finance and Democracy.” Conversation followed by Q&A. 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. $5 includes Museum admission; members and students free. Jun 20 Night at the Museums. FREE admission to the Museum of American Finance and all members of the Downtown Culture Pass. 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Jul 12 Robert Wright on “TBD,” in partnership with the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society. 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. All events are held at the Museum (48 Wall Street, NYC) unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register online, visit www.moaf.org/events. JUN 21 1949 Georgia Neese Clark becomes the first woman to be appointed Treasurer of the United States. Since then, every US Treasurer has been a woman. JUN 28 1934 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Act creating the Federal Housing Administration, which includes the 30-year self-amortizing mortgage. www.MoAF.org  |  Spring 2017  |  FINANCIAL HISTORY  5