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Building at 418–420 Notre Dame Ave.
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Location 420 Notre Dame Ave.,
Manchester, New Hampshire
Area less than one acre
Built 1907
Architectural style Classical Revival
NRHP reference No. 96001467
Added to NRHP December 20, 1996

America's Credit Union Museum is located in Manchester, New Hampshire, on the site of the first credit union founded in the United States. The museum is housed at the original location for St. Mary's Cooperative Credit Association, renamed in 1925 to La Caisse Populaire Ste.-Marie, or "Bank of the People", St. Mary's. In 1996, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Building at 418–420 Notre Dame Ave.

What is now the museum was formerly a three-story, three-family dwelling belonging to Joseph Boivin, the manager of the St. Mary's Cooperative Credit Association. Boivin started the credit union with the help of Monsignor Pierre Hevey and Alphonse Desjardins. The building was donated to the museum by Mr. & Mrs. Armand Lemire. To create the museum, the first two floors were converted into exhibit space about credit union history in the United States. The first floor pays tribute to the founding era of the credit union from 1908-1933. The second floor has historical artifacts beginning from 1934, featuring the Estes Park conference that created CUNA, and the 1934 Federal Credit Union Act which enabled credit unions to be established in all states in the nation. The third floor contains an 85-person capacity meeting space with LCD projectors.

The museum received a $25,000 grant from the National Credit Union Foundation in 2008 to expand its financial education program.

Currently the museum is open three days a week, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. There is no charge for admission.

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