About Alyssa Bentz

Alyssa Bentz is a Corporate Historian for Wells Fargo.

First in Online Banking

As more customers used computers in their daily lives, Wells Fargo innovated new tools to improve their banking experience. In 1995, they created the first online banking platform.

First in Online Banking2019-08-19T13:30:59-04:00

A revolution in banking

In creating a new nation, America’s founding fathers established the first commercial bank in the nation. It provided loans to the government and businesses and helped the fledging economy prosper.

A revolution in banking2019-08-19T13:23:04-04:00

Making time for the future

In 1976, Wells Fargo made history by becoming the first major bank to offer team members paid leave to volunteer in their communities in programs of their choice.

Making time for the future2019-08-19T13:15:37-04:00

Surviving and thriving in the Great Depression

The threat of bank runs during the Great Depression pushed many banks to find innovative new ways to secure their depositors’ money and provide economic stability to their communities.

Surviving and thriving in the Great Depression2019-08-19T13:07:36-04:00

Meet the four-legged pride of Wells Fargo Service

Whether delivering mail and money to customers or starring in the Stagecoach Appearance Program, Wells Fargo’s horses have always been well-fed, well-cared for, and well-loved.

Meet the four-legged pride of Wells Fargo Service2019-08-19T12:02:36-04:00

When neon lights predicted the weather in Minnesota

Northwestern National Bank installed a 157-foot-tall Weatherball atop its building in downtown Minneapolis in 1949, making it the largest bank sign between Chicago and the West Coast.

When neon lights predicted the weather in Minnesota2019-08-19T11:55:44-04:00

A Wells Fargo board member’s fight against slavery

James McKaye, an original board member for Wells Fargo, was an abolitionist whose work led to the creation of the Freedmen’s Bureau in 1864 to protect the rights of African Americans.

A Wells Fargo board member’s fight against slavery2019-07-10T13:19:01-04:00

From Tuskegee Airmen to Wells Fargo bankers

A Wells Fargo historian shares the stories of Col. George S. Roberts and Lt. Col. James A. Walker, two former team members who were part of the famous Tuskegee Airmen.

From Tuskegee Airmen to Wells Fargo bankers2019-07-10T13:55:31-04:00

Marching with Pride and expanding LGBT protections

A Wells Fargo historian shares the story of the company's participation in the San Francisco Pride parade each year since 1992 and the growth of the PRIDE Team Member Network.

Marching with Pride and expanding LGBT protections2019-07-09T15:31:57-04:00

The surprising start of Wells, Fargo, & Co.

Throughout their lives, Henry Wells and William G. Fargo, the founders of Wells, Fargo & Co., were known for their innovation and dedication to customers.

The surprising start of Wells, Fargo, & Co.2019-07-10T13:57:30-04:00

Checks almost too pretty to cash?

A Wells Fargo historian shares how full-colored stagecoach designs made their way into Wells Fargo checkbooks, revolutionizing the ‘rather dull field’ of bank checks.

Checks almost too pretty to cash?2019-08-13T14:17:05-04:00

The real story behind the Pony Express

Find out how the Pony Express allowed people across the U.S. to hear the latest news and get in touch with friends and family quicker than ever — and why a national crisis made the service essential.

The real story behind the Pony Express2019-08-13T13:23:13-04:00