June 1, 2011 (El Cajon)--Andrew Woodruff, author of The First Comprehensive San Diego Banknote Census, will share his knowledge of the history of banking and local banknotes on Friday, June 3, from 6:00 to 7:30. This is the fifth in a “Salon Series” of open houses at the Knox House Museum, offered by the El Cajon Historical Society in cooperation with El Cajon’s Community Development Corporation’s “First Friday” program. The series features speakers and musicians with unique talents and expertise to encourage conversations and discussions with members of the community.
Local National Banks as well as the Treasury Department once issued currency under Federal guidelines outlined in 1861. Intrigued by National Currency issued from 1883 and 1935 by San Diego County Banks, Andrew Woodruff has spent the last twelve years creating his San Diego National Bank Note Census. It lists and illustrates bank notes, bank checks, bank buildings, and tells of the bankers who influenced the history of the city and county. Andrew will talk about and display examples of the National Currency bearing their signatures, as well as offer insights into the value and rarity of the various notes and paper issued from the San Diego area.
Andrew Woodruff is a native San Diegan and has lived in El Cajon for the past twenty years. He is a Life Member of the American Numismatic Association and the Society of Paper Money Collectors. A member of the California State Numismatic Association, he is well known locally as the vice-president of the Heartland Coin Club, and as an exhibitor at the annual Coinarama and the San Diego County Fair.