Museum of New Mexico Media Center Press Release

A Weekend Celebration of The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy in the Land of Enchantment on October 28-30, 2016

New Mexico History Museum

August 10, 2016


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—August 10, 2016 (Santa Fe, NM):  “Fredheads” and Harvey Girls unite! In celebration of the New Mexico History Museum’s long-term exhibition Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy, the Museum has a whole weekend of events celebrating Fred Harvey history with it’s fifth annual Fred Harvey Weekend on October 28-30, 2016. The exhibition focuses on the rise of the Fred Harvey Company as a family business and events that transpired specifically in the Land of Enchantment. Some of the exciting events planned at the New Mexico History Museum for the weekend include lectures and discussions on collecting and collections, a Fred Harvey cooking class, a collectors’ trade show, a model train show-and-tell, and a Fred Harvey inspired family brunch.

October 28, 2016, Friday at 10am-4pm

Lectures and discussions planned throughout the day on collecting and collections, among other Harvey topics. Speakers include Steve Harvey, son of Byron Harvey III, as he explores the journals of his father and the extensive collections and materials he has unearthed that were given to museums around the nation. Other highlights include a panel on contemporary marketing of Fred Harvey history and locations. Panelist include, Jennifer Kimball, co-owner of La Fonda on the Plaza, Dirck Shou from the Tucson china firm Hofs, which has recreated the Mimbreno China line, and Michael Marquess from MotherRoadBeer in Flagstaff, which recently made specialty beer cans using the “Seven Stages of Drunkenness” paintings Mary Colter commissioned for the bar at El Tovar.

October 28, 2016, Friday at 5:30pm

Santa Fe School of Cooking has partnered with the New Mexico History Museum to offer a Fred Harvey cooking class. $110 includes instruction, presentations and a meal with friends. 20% goes to support the History Museum’s public programs and exhibits. Space is limited. To register for the cooking class, please call: 505-983-4511.

October 29, 2016, Saturday at 10am-4pm

Head up to Las Vegas’s Plaza Hotel for a Fred Harvey collectors trade show, a model train show-and-tell, and an afternoon presentation honoring the collecting history of Skip Gentry. Mr. Gentry collected Fred Harvey materials for over three decades. Many items, including jewelry, the original Alvarado Hotel sign, and Harvey Girl years-of-service pins grace the current New Mexico History Museum exhibit, Setting the Standard. The panel includes collectors who knew Mr. Gentry and traded with him as well as his daughter who will talk about the collection in depth. The day will have a family component where kids and adults can color postcards from the Fred Harvey era to share with their friends. 

October 30, 2016, Sunday at 11am-2pm

11am: Bring the kids to the New Mexico History Museum lobby for a Fred Harvey inspired brunch. Enjoy classic orange pancakes and learn Harvey rules of service. Color Fred Harvey-inspired postcards and Thunderbird-themed drawings.

2pm: Enjoy a talk by our one-and-only Stephen Fried, author of the award winning book: Appetite for America. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Parks. It seems ideal then to explore the contributions of Ford Harvey and the enduring legacy of the work at the Grand Canyon as well as the company’s years under the 2nd generation’s direction. 

$50 (includes $15 tax deductible donation) gets you a reserved seat for all of the talks Friday through Sunday. Seating is limited. You can attend any of the talks independently for free, but only a reserved seat ticket for the weekend guarantees you a seat.  To reserve your seat call: (505) 982-7799 ext. 4

Questions about the weekend? Want to volunteer or show off your collection during the day in Las Vegas? Email us at

Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy, on long-term exhibit at the History Museum, uses rarely seen artifacts from the museum’s collection, images from the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives and loans from other museums and private collectors. The exhibition focuses on the rise of the Fred Harvey Company as a family business and events that transpired specifically in the Land of Enchantment—like the creation of the fabled Harvey Girls in Raton. Fred Harvey, the British immigrant at the heart of the story, revolutionized hospitality and opened the American West to widespread tourism by doting on luxurious details and building grand hotels along the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway. Join us to experience the romance of travel in another time.

Phone number for publication: 505-476-5200

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Media contact: Jennifer Padilla 505-577-1347 

The New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Avenue, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is part of a campus that includes the Palace of the Governors, a National Treasure and the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States; the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library; the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives; the Press at the Palace of the Governors; and the Native American Artisans Program. A division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, its exhibitions and programs are supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. 



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