Born in New York

March - September 2002

"Born in New York: Wells Fargo - 150 Years of Entrepreneurial Spirit" commemorates the extraordinary history of Wells Fargo, founded in New York City in 1852 -- one of only a dozen American companies to be in business in the same line of work, and operating under the same name, for so long. This exhibition explores the company's epic role in nation-building and westward expansion during the 19th century and later growth, with a strong focus on its early years in lower Manhattan.

The exhibit opened to the public on March 19 following a full day of anniversary observances on March 18 including an event at Federal Hall and the ringing of the New York Stock Exchange closing bell by company Chairman and CEO Richard M. Kovacevich, who arrived at the Exchange in a horse-drawn stagecoach.