11111 David Wilma - Writer and Historian

Telling a Story

My historical novel The Guardian is now available from Amazon.com in both print and digital formats. The prequel is Down The River, which is also available in hard copy and in digital formats.

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.

At present I am completing the centennial history of Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle.

In 2017, I finished Whistles: The Story of Longview Fibre Company for the Cowlitz County Historical Museum.  

Here is a podcast interview



The centennial history of Seattle City Light is available from Amazon.com.

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..

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.

I also worked with Carolee to document the history of Jewish Family Service which was founded in 1892 as the Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Society.

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.