The CUNA Research Library at America’s Credit Union Museum was unveiled this week at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new CUNA Research Center is a result of a $3.3 million campaign that completely renovated an unused building next to the Museum.
“Sometimes you go to a Museum and all you care about is the past. With the opening of the CUNA Research Center, it gives us the opportunity to talk about the future and to celebrate the innovative things credit unions are going to be able to do in the future,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “CUNA is honored to be part of this. We invite all credit unions to come to the CUNA Research Center to celebrate history and to get ready for an exciting future.”
CUNA was the lead sponsor with a gift of $1 million.
Campaign funds will also be used for a second phase which will:
“Good trade associations are effective advocates for their constituents; great trade associations also develop and deliver relevant industry products and services to members. Exceptional trade associations do all of the above and while looking for opportunities to transform their industry,” said Michael L’Ecuyer, chairman of the Museum and president/CEO of Bellwether Community CU, Manchester, N.H. “CUNA’s investment in the Museum was one of those opportunities. For that we are forever thankful.”
The ceremony also featured a dedication of the Richard “Dick” L. Ensweiler Research Library. Dick Ensweiler, long-time credit union leader and recently retired CEO of the Cornerstone Credit Union League, and his family were present for the event.
“To see my name here is beyond anything I could have ever imagined,” Ensweiler said. “The spirit and energy I gave was because it was something I love.”
To schedule a tour of the Museum and CUNA Research Center or for information on becoming a sustaining member of America’s Credit Union Museum, contact Stephanie Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.