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Dr. Michaeline Chance-Reay, Speaker

Professor Emeritus of Women Studies and Education at Kansas State University

The Harvey Girls: Women's Roles in Railroads, Kansas, and US History

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. 

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(785) 776-6254

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