Presented by Michaeline Chance-Reay. The Fred Harvey Company not only hired recent immigrants to work in their famous Harvey House restaurants, they actively recruited them. Eventually African American workers became a part of the workforce, and during World War II American Indians and Mexican Americans were hired as well. This restaurant work along the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad lines provided reputable work for women who had few choices in the workforce. This presentation will explore the job duties and working conditions of Harvey Girls from 1876 to the early 1950s.
Sponsored by: Newton Public Library.
Funded by the Kansas Humanities Council. The Kansas Humanities Council is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.