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A Credit to the Community: The TCU Story

An exhibition at The History Museum and a new book highlight the history of Teachers Credit Union and the enduring value of its founding mission to serve people and strengthen communities.

The History Museum’s latest exhibition, A Credit to the Community: The TCU Story, on view through October 27, 2019, traces evolution of Teachers Credit Union from its founding in South Bend in 1931 into the state’s largest credit union.

Along with the recent book, The Power of People Helping People: Teachers Credit Union 1931-2018 by TCU historian Karol Griffin and writer Gene Stowe, The History Museum exhibition illustrates the credit union’s enduring commitment to serving people and strengthening communities.

“This wonderful exhibition, with a wealth of fascinating historical artifacts and information, shows us how much has changed and yet how TCU’s sense of mission has remained across the decades,” says TCU President and CEO Paul Marsh. “The financial industry may look different than it did in 1931 or even 1991, but our values endure.”

The exhibition features items including an original ledger book, a World War II bonds poster, a vintage adding machine, and other artifacts from the 1930s to the present. Storyboards illustrate how the credit union, founded during the Great Depression, has thrived through decades of economic highs and lows and established itself as a credit to the community.


Tickets to The History Museum are $10 for adults; $6 for ages 6-17; $8.50 for seniors 62 and older and includes admission to the adjoining Oliver Mansion. The History Museum has partnered with over 2,000 other museums across the country to offer free admission to all U.S. military personnel and their families as part of the Blue Star Museums program. The special offer is valid from Memorial Day to Labor Day. A military ID is required.