Bretton Woods Monetary Institute & Festival

“The aim of the Bretton Woods Conference was the creation of a dynamic world community
in which the peoples of every nation will be able to realize their potentialities in peace.”

Henry Morgenthau, Chairman 1944 Bretton Woods Conference & United States Secretary of the Treasury.


There will never be peace in this land until justice is done to [and with] the Native Peoples.

The Original Peoples of This and All Lands.

(See 2019 Inauguration Page)

~  Benjamin Franklin  ~


Welcome to The Bretton Woods Monetary Institute and Music & Arts Festival, beneath the illumined shadow of Mount Kodaakwadjo. The institute and festival is an initiative of The Center for American Studies at Concord, Massachusetts, USA.

Both the institute and festival are “offered up” on the threshold of the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival at Plymouth Rock. The time is at hand to fulfill Franklin’s words. Toward that fulfillment, the best thoughts of All people of good will are invited, welcome.

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The vision of the Bretton Woods Monetary Institute is summed up in the opening words of Henry Morgenthau, chairman of the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference:

“The aim of the Bretton Woods Conference was the creation of a dynamic world community 
in which the peoples of every nation will be able to realize their potentialities in peace.”

Henry Morganthau Jr. (left) speaking with J. M. Keynes

A vision it is, one that invites your efforts toward its realization.

The Bretton Woods Music & Arts Festival is inspired by the words of the ancient prophet: “Without a vision” — human/humane — “the people perish.” Throughout the ages, music and the arts have played a central role in kindling such a vision. In our time that role grows in significance, as expressed by America’s reigning poet laureate, Walt Whitman:

“As I write, I see in an article on Wordsworth, in one of the current English magazines, the lines, ‘A few weeks ago an eminent French critic said that, owing to the special tendency to science and to its all devouring force, poetry would cease to be read in fifty years.’ But I anticipate the very contrary. Only a firmer, vastly broader, new area begins to exist – nay, is already form’d – to which the poetic genius must emigrate. 

Whatever may have been the case in years gone by, the true use for the imaginative faculty of modern times is to give ultimate vivification to facts, to science, and to common lives, endowing them with those glows and glories and final illustriousness which belong to every real thing, and to real things only. Without that ultimate vivification — which the poet or artist alone can give — reality would seem incomplete, and science, democracy, and life itself, finally in vain.”

On this web site you will discover what, we suggest, are:

1) A concise and engaging history of the Bretton Woods Conference and the work that remains to be done.

2) Monetary solutions that address our current misfortunes.

3) An overview of our monetary misfortunes.

4) A new economic paradigm that responds to the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde’s earnest call at the World Economic Forum for inclusive growth and prosperity.

5) The indispensable framework for monetary reform and related resources.

6) Year 1 Keystone Projects. The Year 1 Keystone Project for “The Bretton Woods Monetary Institute” addresses our infrastructure: Toward Getting Our Global House in Order. For the Bretton Woods Monetary Festival, the Year 1 Keystone Project is the completion of the building of Dr. Patch Adams’ Gesundheit  Hospital, which addresses ALL the problems of health care reform under one roof.

7) And, if you scroll back up to the top of this page (above the summit of Mt. Washington/Mr. Kodaakwadjo), you will be granted a good glimpse not only of the December Inauguration of “The Bretton Woods Monetary Institute & Festival” — a heartfelt welcome 75 years after the fact, at long last — but you will also be granted a glimpse of the “Resources,” the vision that is behind such labors: an inalienable and (if we have done our job) an enlightened common sense. With a tip of the cap to old Tom Paine, himself!

May these labors, friends, inspire us to work together to fulfill Morgenthau’s words, to fashion a future worth envisioning for our children, grandchildren, and for the generations to come: All Our Relations. 

“E Pluribus Unum / Out of Many, One”

The Sacred Seal of The United States of America

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Wilhelmina H. Harris, singing at the Bretton Woods IV Convocation: Live Free and Prosper.

Photo Gallery from 2015 Bretton Woods Convocation (if password required, enter concordium)