Sunday Lecture Series: The Harvey Girls

Dr. Michaeline Chance-Reay will present a program on The Harvey Girls at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov 19.

Program: The mythology of the Harvey Girl 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.

About Dr. Reay: Dr. Reay is Professor Emeritus of Women Studies and Education at Kansas State University.