Presidents’ Day Workshop for Kids: Presidents and US Currency


“Never spend your money before you have it” said Thomas Jefferson. A Presidents’ Day workshop for kids will explore the history of United States currency. The program will take place on Saturday, February 18 from 11:00 – 12:30 at the Wilton Historical Society. Museum Educator Lola Chen will be talking with the children about paper currency, coins and the many presidents represented on them. Taking President Thomas Jefferson’s admonition to heart, the workshop project will be to create a Mason jar savings bank, and think about taking the “365 Day Penny Challenge”. Includes snack.

Wilton Historical Society Members $10 per child, maximum $25 per family; Non-members $15 per child, maximum $35 per family. Please register: or call 203-762-7257.

Did You Know?

“1690: Paper currency in the United States is born, issued by the Massachusetts Bay Colony to fund military expeditions. Other colonies quickly take up the practice of issuing paper notes.
1739: Benjamin Franklin takes on counterfeiting, using his Philadelphia printing firm to produce Colonial notes with nature prints—unique raised patterns cast from actual leaves. This process adds an innovative and effective counterfeit deterrent to notes.
1775: The phrase “not worth a Continental” is coined after the Continental Congress issues paper currency to finance the Revolutionary War, currency that quickly loses its value because of a lack of solid backing and the rise of counterfeiting.
1861: In order to finance the Civil War, Congress authorizes the U.S. Department of the Treasury to issue non-interest-bearing Demand Notes. These notes earn the nickname “greenbacks” because of their color. All U.S. currency issued since 1861 remains valid and redeemable at full face value.” — Information from the US Currency Education Program