The Harvey Girls’ Service with Style

In 19th-century Kansas, single women had few choices when it came to reputable work.  The Harvey Girl was considered more than a waitress, providing professional and stylish service in the Harvey House chain of restaurants along the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad lines from 1876 to the early 1950’s.  Dr. Michaeline Chance-Reay will explore the job duties, pay scales, and working conditions of Harvey Girls and compare them with other occupations available for single women during that time period.

Dr. Chance-Reay joined the Kansas Humanities Speakers Bureau in 2002 and has been a discussion leader in the KHC Talk About Literature in Kansas program since 1999.  She teaches courses in Women’s Studies and Education at Kansas State University.  Her current research deals with the Harvey Girls, and historic sites on the K-State Campus, especially those related to women.

Door prizes provided by the R.E. French Family Educational Foundation.

Refreshments served by the Gridley Friends of the Library.

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