Back to school? You never left!

Did you stop learning when you left school? I sure didn’t.

I am a student every day of the world around me. We learn something new every day, about our past, present, and future. It could be something as simple as finding a new route to work, or a new food you like, or you could find out about your own past, or visit a museum and learn how you fit in the world around you.

Slate and books for school in "the olden days" (Wells Fargo History Museum)

Slate and books for school in “the olden days” (Wells Fargo History Museum)

Here at Guided by History, and at the Wells Fargo History Museums we want to help you learn, but just as importantly, we never stop learning ourselves. As we write each post, develop each exhibit, and talk to each visitor, we are also learning—about you the visitor, and also more about what we are researching. (A Historian is not a content expert of everything ever produced!) Many of my posts here and the Wells Fargo Facebook page have resulted from visitor interactions that have sparked not only their interest, but my own as well.

Wells Fargo team members have always been students at work. As technology changes, so must the employees change with it. A company that places such emphasis on its heritage also needs to make sure that all its employees are well schooled in that heritage. In 1912 Wells Fargo created the Wells Fargo Messenger, an internal news magazine designed to inform employees about the company and the places where it operated. Through engaging content, beautiful artwork, and relevant topics, the Messenger made certain all team members were students Wells Fargo—our history and our future.

Wells Fargo today has an internal information channel that keeps all team members connected. Our history is popular content. History Museums are in corporate centers that team members engage daily. (They are some of our favorite visitors!) Today as a century ago, historical and contemporary information reminds everyone we are part of an ongoing 162-year commitment to customers’ success.

September 1912 Wells Fargo Messenger (Wells Fargo Corporate Archives)

September 1912 Wells Fargo Messenger (Wells Fargo Corporate Archives)

Steven Greenstein

About Steven Greenstein

I am a Museum Assistant at the Wells Fargo History Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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