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Nov 2, 2018 through Nov 4, 2018
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Eighth Annual Fred Harvey History Weekend
New Mexico History Museum


Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, 1:00pm-5:00pm-Auditorium, NM History Museum, SF, NM

1:00 PM: Welcome from NMHM director Andrew Wulf

1:15-1:45: “What’s New with Fred?” Stephen Fried offers a quick update on the Fred Harvey saga and “new” Harvey-related history

2:00: “All Along the Watchtower” New insights into the design and murals at Mary Colter’s Desert Watchtower at the Grand Canyon, with Angelyn Bass, head conservationist on the Watchtower restoration project and special guest, Ed Kabotie, grandson of landmark native artist Fred Kabotie (who painted the murals) and family consultant on the project (Kabotie will also perform some music)

3:00: Allan Affeldt’s Thrilling Update on the Saving of The Castaneda in Las Vegas, and Legal Tender in Lamy 

4:00: When Fred Met the Mother Road: Dr. Nick Gerlich, Hayman Professor of Marketing at West Texas A&M. who teaches Fred Harvey to his marketing students, explains the early days of Route 66 and its ties to Fred Harvey and the ATSF

4:45: discussion and wrap-up


Please, bottled water only


Optional Friday evening event:

5:00 Fredhead open house at Santa Fe Antiques


Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, 1:00pm-5:00pm-NM History Museum, SF, NM

Optional event: 10:00 AM coffee and breakfast at Legal Tender, Lamy, NM. 

1:00: Auditorium, NM History Museum: updates on rest of weekend in Santa Fe and Las Vegas

1:15: 1915, the Year that Changed Everything for Native Art, the Southwest, and Fred Harvey: Matt Bokovoy, Senior Acquisitions Editor, Native American and Indigenous Studies, University of Nebraska Press, in a new talk adapted from his book The San Diego World’s Fairs and Southwestern Memory, 1880-1940

2:15: Growing Up Harvey: Katie Miller, Fred Harvey’s great-great-granddaughter, didn’t know much about her family legacy until she decided to do her senior thesis at Vanderbilt on what it meant to be a Harvey in 2017. What she learned will surprise and fascinate you

3:15: Fred Harvey for Foodies: NMSU Culinary Anthropologist Lois Stanton explores the cultural meanings of Fred Harvey cooking, as the company’s restaurant and dining car chefs brought regional cuisine and ingredients to the nation, and the world’s cuisines to the southwest

4:00: Documenting the Women of the West: award-winning documentary filmmaker Katrina Parks will show two new Harvey Girl interviews rom her new project on the Women of the Mother Road, and discuss her ongoing film histories of Harvey Girls since the PBS debut of her film Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound https://cinefemme.net/projects/women-mother-road/

4:45: discussion and wrap-up



2nd Annual


Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, 6:00pm, La Terraza at La Fonda on the Plaza, SF, NM

A unique foodie event, celebrating the culinary innovation of hospitality entrepreneur Fred Harvey (who civilized the Wild West, one meal at a time) and a benefit for the Museum’s exhibitions supporting public programming, and the Fred Harvey permanent exhibit. 

Santa Fe’s Top Chefs reinterpret classic Fred Harvey dishes from Harvey hotels and restaurants and the dining cars of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad!

This year’s chefs will include:

Sean Sinclair, Inn & Spa at Loretto

Peyton Young and Andrea Thede, Harry’s Road House

Lane Warner, La Fonda

Annamaria O’Brien, Dolina

Matt DiGregory, Range Café (and soon to be chef at the Fred Harvey Castaneda Hotel in Las Vegas)

Chef and MC: John Vollertson (Chef Johnny V)

This pre-ticketed event includes fabulous Harvey food creations, wine, or IPA beer from Mother Road Brewery in Flagstaff.

Each dinner guest will also receive an exclusive reproduction Mimbreno china platter, originally designed by Mary Colter for the Fred Harvey company in the 1930s, courtesy of the H.F. Coors company in Tucson.

Between courses, there will be a cooking demonstration, and short talks on how Fred Harvey brought Southwest’s cuisines to the world, and the world’s cuisines to the Southwest, with bestselling author Stephen Fried and NMSU culinary anthropologist Lois Stanford.


Sunday, November 4, 2018, 9:00am-2:00pm, Las Vegas, NM

10:00-12:00: Southwest Detours Tours of the former Montezuma Hotel (now United World College), which was restored in 2001.


12:30: Fred Harvey Brunch by The Range Café at the Plaza (Plaza Ballroom, reservations required, $25 per person) 

2:00 Allan Affeldt tour of Castaneda, followed by screening of new documentary shorts with Castaneda Harvey Girls

Families can enjoy the elaborate model train displays in the Plaza Ballroom, going on all weekend. 


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