Monthly Archives: August 2009

Tribute to a Fan of History

In 1987, I spent the summer working in D.C. as a college intern for the Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution.  The purpose of the Commission was “to plan and develop activities appropriate to commemorate the signing of… Continue reading

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Boy, Do We Read!

Anonymous left this comment on my Lewis and Clark piece last week: I was interested in the books you were reading. How about creating an on-going list of “What the WF Historians are Reading”? Could be useful for those with… Continue reading

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(Mostly) About Lewis & Clark

In August, 1774, Meriwether Lewis was born. Four years earlier in August, William Clark was born. (Both in Virginia.) In August, 1803, Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery  was moving its way up the Missouri River. A year after that,… Continue reading

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Those Darn Belt Buckles! (or My “Antiques Roadshow” Moment)

As any fan of “Antiques Roadshow”  knows, there are two moments that we all relish. One, when someone brings an item that they purchased at a yard sale for $1.50 to find that it’s worth $10,500. The stunned looks, the… Continue reading

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Les Paul, 1915-2009

Les Paul died.  Les Paul  was a guitarist who innovated technique, sound and construction in music and instrumentation. He lived in Westchester County — a nice suburb of New York City — and did all his work from there, pretty… Continue reading

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Bank of Woodland, NA

What fascinates me most about collecting national bank notes is that they run the gamut from the largest, most well known institutions to the smallest, most personable institution. Because I live in Yolo County, California , just west of Sacramento County,… Continue reading

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Tillie The All Time Teller

My 2 ½-year old grand-daughter already scrambles up on my lap when I sit down in front of the computer, and asks, “Are you checking your e-mail?” Even at her young age, she isn’t intimidated by technology. Her generation’s baby… Continue reading

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A Pocket History of ATMs

Wells Fargo has always delivered service to customers in innovative ways , from stagecoach and steamship, to telegraphic transfers of money, to today’s on-line banking. In l865, Samuel Bowles of the Springfield (Mass.) Republican  described Wells Fargo as the omnipresent, universal… Continue reading

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