Prove to the kids that money most certainly does not grow on trees at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Summer Employee Craft Demonstration held July 23-26. The annual festival is a great way to beat the heat while exploring the facility where over half of the nation's paper currency is printed! Yes, kids. There is a good chance that the dollars in your pocket were printed right in Fort Worth!
Bring the whole family to the Western Currency Facility from 8:30-5:30 to enjoy special activities including:
- Intaglio engraving artisanship at the engraver’s workbench
- Plate making demonstrations for offset printing presses
- Participate in educational activities in the Kid$ Corral
- See how currency was printed in the 1900s at the refurbished spider press
- Learn how Intaglio printing plates are “grown” in a nickel solution
During the visit, you are also invited to take a guided tour on the elevated walkway above the production floor where you will marvel as large, blank sheets of paper are transformed into wallet sized bills by the millions. Along the way, you’ll learn how U. S. paper currency is printed, stacked, cut and examined for defects, as well as the secrets for keeping all that money safely locked inside the vault.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility is located at 9000 Blue Mound Road Fort Worth, TX. (817) 231-4000