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Visit the "Harvey House" exhibit at the National Archives

Beginning in 1876, Fred Harvey, in partnership with the Santa Fe railroad, launched a new business model by opening a chain of high-quality restaurants/hotels for train travelers. The National Archives in Kansas City currently has an exhibit devoted to the Harvey establishments and the people who worked there. Being employed as a "Harvey Girl" was a good opportunity for young women at a time when few others existed. They were even featured in a Hollywood movie starring Judy Garland. Admission to the National Archives is free. For more information, go to:

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The Harvey House exhibit was very well put together and informative. Learned much new information about the Harvey organization.

    November 2, 2013

  • Nancy

    Let's meet in the reception area of the National Archives (just inside the main entrance) at noon on Saturday. Usually free parking is available in front of the building, but if that lot happens to be filled, you can also park in the nearby Union Station garage. There's another exhibit at the Archives, which I believe is closing soon. It deals with the history of steamboats in Missouri and Iowa. If there's time and interest, we can go through that one as well. Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

    November 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first event with this group also and I'm looking forward to meeting you all. Do you gather at the interior entrance to the Archives?

    October 31, 2013

  • Steven J.

    I look forward to my first event with this group. There is a Harvey House in Leavenworth that unfortunately has been converted into government offices.

    October 28, 2013

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