John Herzog, founder and chairman emeritus of the Museum of American Finance, will lead the Y's Men of Westport/Weston on a "numismatic stroll through American history" on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 9 a.m. at the Unitarian Church of Westport. He will display a number of artifacts, financial instruments and illustrations that enhance an understanding of American history.
Herzog, a Fairfield resident, was inspired to start the museum by the stock market crash of October 1987, when he realized how little Americans understood about the capital markets. With a long career of trading on Wall Street, he became CEO of the NASDAQ market making firm Herzog Heine Geduld. His love of American history and collectibles led to a long partnership with his wife, Diana, at R.M. Smythe, a numismatic auction firm. With this background, Herzog saw a unique opportunity to create a museum of finance.
The Museum of American Finance is an independent museum dedicated to preserving, exhibiting and teaching about American finance and financial history. The museum's collections include an extensive collection of financial documents and objects.