Dr. Andy Anderson, executive vice president and chief historian of Wells Fargo & Company and author of Stagecoach: Wells Fargo and the Rise of the American Financial Services, is responsible for securing the Wells Fargo archives, several history museums, and a modern fleet of stagecoaches. He has managed Wells Fargo's corporate marketing, advertising, and brand management programs, as well as the initial development of wellsfargo.com.
Anderson's interest in history led him to create the Wells Fargo Family History Center to help clients' families discover their own history and cultural roots, believing a family can better manage its legacy into future generations by understanding its past. He believes, "For generations, our ancestors have left a trail of records across the map of the world as they sought a better life for their children and grandchildren. Today, many of us are re-tracing this path to find 'the story' of how and why our families came to the place we call home."
Anderson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Villanova University and his Masters of Arts and Ph.D in History from Ohio State University, later teaching history at Ohio State, Arizona State, and Stanford Universities. He received his archival training at the Hoover Institution and the Archives Institute of the National Archives of the United States.
Dr. Satsuki Ina, a psychotherapist and filmmaker, will surely resonate with our audio/video audience. Two of her documentary films, Children of the Camps and From A Silk Cocoon, were nationally broadcast on PBS. From A Silk Cocoon was awarded a Northern California Emmy for Outstanding Cultural/Historical Program.
Born in an American concentration camp for Japanese Americans during World War II, Ina in her first film captured the stories of six men and women who also were children in the prison camps. Children of the Camps examines the life-long Impact of their families' unjust incarceration. Her second documentary tells the story of her family's forced removal and separation through letters her parents exchanged while held in separate prison camps. These films speak to the importance of personal histories as beacons for educating the general public about the dangers of social injustice committed in the name of "national security."
Professor Emeritus, California State University, Sacramento, and founder and director of the Family Study Center—a community based counseling and training center with a focus on ethnic and cultural diversity, Ina has conducted over a hundred oral histories of three generations of Japanese Americans held in the World War II prison camps.
Read the PBS article about Dr. Ina Satsuki's project, The Children's Camp.
Some of the most famous names in history, not to mention film and popular culture, populate her books. She reveals the stories behind the many romances of William "Buffalo Bill" Cody and tales of the talented and daring women who performed alongside men in the Wild West shows, forever changing the way the world thought about women through the demonstration of their skills. Other books reveal the lives of John Wayne, Roy Rogers, and Dale Evans, bringing to light stories gleaned from family interviews and archives. Perhaps most extraordinary, however, are her stories of the ordinary men and women who shaped American history after coming west as schoolmarms, gold miners, madams, and mail-order brides.
Enss won the Elmer Kelton Book Award for non-fiction writing and the Oklahoma Historical Society award for Outstanding Book on Oklahoma History. She has appeared on the Travel Channel's show, Mysteries at the Museum, and last winter worked on a documentary with Fox News.