Federal Reserve Centennial
The Federal Reserve System was created on December 23, 1913, when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act into law. The system is composed of a central, independent governmental agency--the Board of Governors--in Washington, D.C., and 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks, located in major cities throughout the nation.
Today, the Federal Reserve sets the nation's monetary policy, supervises and regulates banking institutions, maintains the stability of the financial system, and provides financial services to depository institutions, the U.S. government, and foreign official institutions.
The commemoration of the centennial will begin in late 2013 and continue through late 2014.
Fed History Web Gateway
The Federal Reserve has launched the History Web Gateway, a new online resource with biographies, images, and essays on key events in the Fed's 100-year history. The gateway is part of the Fed's effort during its centennial year to encourage a deeper reflection on its role in the nation's economy.
The History Web Gateway offers students, educators, researchers, and others information about the founding of the Fed and its purpose, more than 230 biographies of key individuals, essays on major events in the Fed's history, and access to various Fed archives. Additional content and features will be added over time.
Federal Reserve Centennial Lessons
As part of the Centennial, three new classroom-ready lessons have been developed to help high school students understand Fed history, Fed functions and how the roles of the Fed have evolved over time. All of the lessons are tied to the Common Core and national content standards in social studies and economics. Two of the lessons are also accompanied by PowerPoint slides.
Financial Fundamentals Lessons
Our free, classroom-ready lesson plans take the mystery out of money smarts. Our lessons help you cover the basics of personal finance with videos, group activities, and more. Students will learn about the pros and cons of credit, how to choose a bank, and the smartest place to invest: their own future.
Each lesson aligns with the national Common Core Standards and the Council for Economic Education’s Standards in personal finance. Learn more here.
The Federal Reserve System is compiling an inventory of historical Federal Reserve documents and items. The inventory of historical materials will help to enhance transparency through improved web access to records of the Federal Reserve's past. The inventory will also serve as a resource for researchers, academics, and others interested in studying the history of the nation's central bank.
Do you have information about collections, or do you have documents or items that should be added to the inventory? Submit details here. Answers to frequently asked questions related to inventory submissions are available.
Merchandise to commemorate the Federal Reserve System's centennial is available for purchase online.
Federal Reserve Centennial Resources
Commemoration of the Federal Reserve centennial will occur at a System level, and each Federal Reserve Bank and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors will also commemorate at a local level. Click on a district to be taken to the district's centennial page: