Date(s) - 02/25/2023
Dr. Michaeline Chance-Reay will present The Harvey Girls: Women’s Roles in Railroads, Kansas, and US History. Her talk will focus on the mythology of the Harvey Girl which looms large in Kansas history and across the western United States. The Fred Harvey Company, concessionaire along the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway offered young women employment opportunities as waitresses and tour guides. These women played a role in the economic and cultural history of Kansas and the American Southwest. This talk includes stories of women employed by the company as well as its founder, Fred Harvey, who lived in Leavenworth and opened his first lunchroom depot along the line in Topeka.
Dinner will be provided by the Florence Historical Society and will be a recreation of a typical Harvey House meal.