11111 David Wilma - Writer and Historian
   
     
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Telling a Story

My historical novel Down The River is available now through Amazon.com in both print and Kindle versions. It is now in development as a movie with Antares Media Group of London.

I love history. I enjoy learning new facts about the past and then relating them to others in a compelling and instructive manner. In addition to historical fiction I have documented the history of the Pacific Northwest.

Currently I am working on a history of the Longview Fibre Co. which operated a pulp and paper mill in Longview, Washington from 1927 to 2007 along with conversion plants and tree farms in twelve states. I am doing this for the Cowlitz County Historical Museum.

In 2011, I collaborated with Carolee Danz in 100 Sterling Years: The Danz Family, Sterling Theatres, and Sterling Recreation Organization. This is the story of the company her grandfather founded in Seattle's Pioneer Square as a men's clothing store. He branched out to run a nickelodeon and founded a chain of movie houses.

The centennial history of Seattle City Light is out now from University of Washington Press.

Email me to order a copy

The centennial history of Seattle Children's Hospital is also available.

I researched and cowrote the script for a video documentary of the history of the Snoqualmie Falls power station produced by Puget Sound Energy.

I prepared the text and captions for Historic Photos of Puget Sound and Historic Photos of Seattle in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Go to the Northwest History page for some reviews. Click on the image to order or you can write to me.

Here is a radio interview I did about my own involvement in history.

I have studied and written Pacific Northwest History from prehistoric events to more recent happenings. Several hundred of my essays are posted on www.HistoryLink.org, the free online encyclopedia of Washington State History. HistoryLink is free and non commercial. If the encyclopedia was printed in a hard copy it would comprise eight or nine volumes, but the wonders of the World Wide Web make it accessible to you.

Here also are some short essays and stories that have met with approval.

I compiled the ancestries of my four grandparents and have posted my research here. Even if you are not related to me you might find some of these family stories interesting.

I recently added a blog feature to the site. Take a look.