The Harvey Girls' Multicultural Workforce

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September 19, 2015, 1:00 PM CT

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.

Wellington Public Library
121 W 7th St
Wellington, KS 67152
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Sponsored by: Sumner County Historical & Genealogical Society

For more information about this event, please contact:
Sherry Stocking Kline