How one man changed banking … and California |

How one man changed banking … and California

“Building California: How A.P.Giannini and Bank of America Built California and the Modern Banking Industry” is the title of this month’s presentation of the Nevada County Historical Society.

Charles Atthill, Empire Mine docent and former training manager at Bank of America, shows, with the help of an intriguing and lively sequence of images and photos, how the vision of A.P.Giannini, the founder of Bank of America, lead to the growth of much of California’s infrastructure and many of its key and enduring industries, as well to many of the breakthroughs in modern banking.

“Who knew banking could be such fun?” says Charles Atthill. “And it’s a great story of the events which fashioned what we take for granted as modern California.”

Atthill’s visually rich, fast moving, entertaining, and sometimes surprising presentation takes about an but does not drag for an instant. And for bankers, it offers a vision of what banking should be.

The presentation is tonight, 7:30 p.m. at the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City, in the Community Room.

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