Free and Open to the Public
Throughout the Family Day, we'll have snacks available in the VUCA lobby for visitors to enjoy. Also throughout the day, families will be able to pick up handouts at the museum front desk with fun activities that relate to the exhibition. Activities on the handouts range from a treasure hunt to a china pattern design exercise that kids can work on with their parents.
At 2 pm, the museum will host a performance relating to the famous Harvey Girls, women who served food in style for the trains in the late 19th/early 20th centuries. This performance will not be held in the museum, but rather will take place in Duesenberg Recital Hall, across the VUCA lobby from the museum. The performance is free, and no reservations are required.
The Harvey Girls: The Women Who Civilized the West
Together, Fred Harvey and the Harvey Girls not only re-made the experience of eating on the go – they revolutionized the American hospitality industry. A man of vision and exacting standards, Harvey was dissatisfied with the waiters he employed in his restaurants, so he turned to women instead. Leaving the comforts of the East for the challenges of the West, these brave women pursued careers before careers were cool.
The story is told by the husband-and-wife team of Peter and Bonnie Hansen. Peter, a nationally-known rail historian, will discuss Harvey’s innovative business model, and Bonnie will portray Harvey employees in costume. This is a story of new frontiers, both geographic and human.
More information about the Harvey Girls.