harvey girlsThey made the West more hospitable

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If you’ve been to the Bright Angel Lodge at the Grand Canyon or La Posada Hotel in Winslow, you are probably familiar with the Harvey Girls, those indomitable young women who worked as waitresses at Fred Harvey's restaurants along the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway from the 1880s through the 1950s.

They were "young women 18 to 30 years of age, of good character, attractive and intelligent," who helped define hospitality in the Wild West of the 1880s. The women were true pioneers, in the sense that they worked outside the home at a time when few women did so and were often the only young, single women for miles around.

Dr Cheney Harvey GirlsDiane Cheney, Ph.D.,  a licensed nurse and a psychologist, as well as a historian, will talk about how the railroad recruited the Harvey Girls to go west. She will review the many hotels that Mary Colter designed for Harvey, the trail sites in the Grand Canyon and near La Posada, and famous people who stayed at the Grand Canyon hotels.

This is a particularly relevant topic, following the Grand Canyon's celebration of its 100th anniversary in 2019. 

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TIME/DATE: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 1-3 p.m.

LOCATION: LLL Center

MAXIMUM: 32

COST: $20