Author Archives: Heidi Berg

Travelers Code Book and the Telegraph

On June 20, 1840, the telegraph was patented, changing the way we communicate forever. However, it took some time for that change to connect our coasts. Because the telegraph required special lines to be run in order for its transmissions … Continue reading

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Parrott Building

In 1852, the same year Wells, Fargo & Co. was founded, businessman John Parrott built a new bank building in San Francisco. After five fires swept through San Francisco in 1851 he determined to put up a building that could … Continue reading

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The Music Man – The Wells Fargo Wagon

On November 18, 1957, “The Music Man” opened its successful tryout run at the Shubert Theater in Philadelphia to rave reviews. This success prompted its move to New York City by mid-December that same year. It ran for an impressive … Continue reading

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Load a stagecoach for yourself in Minneapolis!

Visitors to the Wells Fargo History Museum in Minneapolis like to imagine how different things were in the early years of Wells Fargo. One of the easiest places to experience that difference is our replica stagecoach. Visitors are invited to climb … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Wells Fargo

162 years young today! On March 18, 1852 Henry Wells and William Fargo signed the Articles of Association at the Astor House in New York City creating Wells, Fargo & Co. They were already successful express businessmen on the Atlantic … Continue reading


Miss Williams

In 1913 people were in deep disagreement about a woman’s role in the United States. Should she maintain her domestic and cultural roles, as embraced in the first half of the 19th century, or should she take on more robust … Continue reading

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Museum Visitors Reflect Wells Fargo’s History of Diversity

Our Museum was visited recently by 18 professors from Peking University  students, in Minneapolis as adult ESL  students. On the same day, a Minnesota man visited the Museum with his three cousins from Sweden. While these two groups may live… Continue reading