NCUA’s Hood, McWatters Among Credit Union Leaders in Attendance
SEPTEMBER 9, 2019 (MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE) — Something special happened more than 100 years ago when St. Mary’s Bank Credit Union opened its doors in Manchester, New Hampshire as the nation’s first credit union. The creation of St. Mary’s was the beginning of one of America’s most storied cooperative systems as credit unions grew to every corner of the country, today serving more than 100 million Americans with financial services.
America’s Credit Union Museum, which sits on the grounds of the nation’s first credit union, has long been operating as a beacon of our system’s storied history. It is the only place where more than 100 years of credit union history is catalogued, displayed and celebrated for all to see.
On Sept. 26, 2019, that celebration will continue with a special grand reopening of the museum featuring the dedication of the Mike L’Ecuyer Skywalk, connecting the past and the present by bridging the original museum building with the new addition.
The skywalk honors L’Ecuyer, the recently retired CEO of Bellwether Community Credit Union and the former chairman of the museum, who led the multi-million dollar effort to renovate the museum. The renovation was achieved over the last two years with the support of all levels of the credit union system, including individuals, credit unions, trade associations, CUSOs, and vendor partners serving the credit union system. Fueled by L’Ecuyer’s passion for the museum, the renovation was an example of how credit unions work together cooperatively for the greater good.
Joining in this special event will be NCUA Board Member Mark McWatters, who will address the attendees following the dedication.
“We are pleased that so many from throughout the credit union system came together to make the museum what it is today. For anyone who has credit unions in their blood, the museum is an important destination to celebrate our system’s storied history. We are pleased to open our doors on the 26th to celebrate the L’Ecuyer Skywalk and are honored to have NCUA Board Member McWatters in attendance,” said Paul Gentile, CEO of Merck Employees Federal Credit Union and Chairman of America’s Credit Union Museum.
For more information about this event and how to register visit: https://www.acumuseum.org/open-house.html