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America’s Credit Union Museum Breaks Ground for Research Center and Library Expansion
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 6:35 AM

ACUM groundbreaking (left to right): Richard L. Ensweiler, retired CEO of Cornerstone Credit Union League; Michael Ray, CEO of Hoya Federal Credit Union; Peter J. Lemire, Esq.; Ronald H. Covey, Jr., President/CEO of St. Mary’s Bank; Michael L’Ecuyer, Chairman of the ACUM Board and President/CEO of Bellwether Community Credit Union; Jim Nussle, President/CEO of Credit Union National Association; and Patricia Lynott, SVP, Academic Affairs, Southern NH University.

America's Credit Union Museum broke ground for the CUNA Research Center and Ensweiler Research Library expansion at the museum on Sept. 28. Nearly 70 attendees heard comments from Mike L'Ecuyer, president and CEO of Bellwether Community Credit Union and chairman for the museum, as well as Dick Ensweiler, retired President/CEO of the Cornerstone Credit Union League; Jim Nussle, President/CEO of Credit Union National Association; and the Honorable Ted Gatsas, mayor of Manchester.

This effort is the result of the museum’s Legacy Campaign, a three-year capital campaign with a goal of raising $3.3 million to create a new industry research center, expand exhibit space, and provide renovations to the existing building. The physical and electronic industry research center will make credit union history more accessible, while the additional exhibit space and upgraded conference facilities will enable credit union professionals, legislators, and citizens to experience firsthand the unique role credit unions play in the marketplace.

About America’s Credit Union Museum
America’s Credit Union Museum is located in Manchester, New Hampshire, in the building where the first credit union in the United States first began serving French Canadian textile mill workers in 1908. The Museum was established in 2002 and visually tells the stories of the individuals instrumental in establishing credit unions in the U.S., credit unions’ subsequent growth throughout the country, and their continued role in providing millions of Americans with a more secure financial future. Museum exhibits bring to life the stories behind credit unions’ unique values and philosophy while connecting the movement’s past with its present and future. The Museum also hosts credit union events and strategic planning retreats where credit union leaders focus on the future while being surrounded by the roots of the movement.