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Interviews, presentations look back on the Fed’s beginnings

A meeting on Jekyll Island 100 years ago was an important milestone in the evolution of the Federal Reserve System. The meeting, which included Senator Nelson Aldrich and top bankers, resulted in a proposal—the Aldrich Plan—that was eventually used as a blueprint for the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913.

The November 2010 conference, "A Return to Jekyll: The Origins, History, and Future of the Federal Reserve," marked the centenary of this historic meeting.

In addition to the papers and presentations, the conference page also features a short video explaining the importance of the Jekyll Island meeting and the evolution of the early Fed, interviews with many of the presenters, discussants, and moderators, and summaries of the nine sessions.

You can also watch the Nov. 6 webcast featuring Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke, former chairman Alan Greenspan, and former New York Fed president and current Goldman Sachs managing director E. Gerald Corrigan. The three influential policymakers participated in a panel discussion in which they shared their insight and perspectives on the major issues and challenges the Fed faced over the past twenty-five years and how the Fed dealt with and learned from them.