MANCHESTER, N.H. – This year marked the opening of America’s Credit Union Museum. Since 1994, when Armand and Joanne Lemire donated the Boivin family home to the New England Credit Union Heritage Foundation, plans to restore the house to create a national credit union museum, and build a state-of-the-art conference and training facility began. Rochester, New Hampshire-based design/build firm Willey Brothers and local contractor Jewett Construction Company were selected for the renovation of the 7,800 square-foot, three-story Victorian home. On the first floor, visitors can walk through the original receiving hall furnished with antiques and view four rooms where business used to be conducted. There is also a children’s room designed to give young people a perspective on the value of money from 1908 to now. A 12-minute video short created by CUNA Mutual featured in the viewing room provides an overview of the credit union movement. Elevators to the second floor lead to exhibit rooms. The museum welcomes everything from an original logbook to old cu board games for the displays. The third floor boasts a state-of-the-art conference/training room complete with two screens and two projectors to be used simultaneously or independent of one another, and an onsite catering kitchen.

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