New Mexico History Museum

Celebrating Fred Harvey

September 24, 2015


“Fredheads” unite! The New Mexico History Museum has October events sure to deepen your appreciation for the Fred Harvey Company’s legacy across the Southwest:

Harvey Houses of New Mexico: Historic Hospitality from Raton to Deming

Thursday, October 8, noon

Author Rosa Latimer delivers a Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture on her new book, Harvey Houses of New Mexico: Historic Hospitality from Raton to Deming (Arcadia, 2015). Latimer, who’s also a bookstore owner, playwright and photographer, also wrote Harvey Houses of Texas. Enter for free through the History Museum’s Washington Avenue doors.

Dinner with Daggett, an exclusive Fred Harvey event

Thursday, October 22, 6 pm

Enjoy a sumptuous catered dinner at La Fonda on the Plaza and hear Daggett Harvey, a Fred Harvey descendant, talks about how the company supported women and people of color in the workplace and how economic and social forces led to its sale in 1968 and the demolition of so many Harvey House gems. Joining him is Stephen Fried, author of the best-selling book Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West—One Meal at a Time. Tickets: $150; call (505) 992-2715, ext. 1.

Harvey Girls Revisited

Sunday, October 25, 2 pm

For the first time, Katrina Parks, director of the 2013 documentary Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound, shows her newest interviews with former New Mexico Harvey Girls. Joining the discussion: Harvey family members and author Stephen Fried. See the full documentary at 10 am, 11 am and noon. Free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents.

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.

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