In 19th-century Kansas, single women had few choices when it came to reputable work.Â 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 1950â€™s.Â 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.Â She teaches courses in Womenâ€™s Studies and Education at Kansas State University.Â 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.