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The Harvey Girls – The Women Who Civilized the Wild West

Bonnie Hansen as a Harvey Girl

Bonnie Hansen
as a Harvey Girl

Bonnie Hansen recounts the story of Fred Harvey and his waitresses who helped to civilize the Wild West.  As a food contractor for the Santa Fe Railway, he was dissatisfied with the conduct and cleanliness of his waiters, so he turned to women instead.  Thus began the adventure of a lifetime for lucky Victorian women who became the original Harvey Girls.  Hear the story of these brave women who left their lives and families in the East to become the matriarchs of the West.

Approximate time: 45 minutes

Set up requirements:

  • Folding screen for costume changes

  • Microphone (hand held cordless or hand held with a long cord)

Cost:

Program prices vary depending on:

  • Location of event/distance

  • Date (April, May, Sept and Oct. more costly due to availability and demand)

  • Number of attendees

Please contact Bonnie for a price quote.


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Bonnie Hansen explains frontier life for women
 In her talk about the Harvey Girls,
Fashion Historian Bonnie Hansen
explains frontier life for women

Harvey Girl, Bonnie Hansen, explains the “cup code”
Harvey Girl, Bonnie Hansen,
explains the “cup code”

Bonnie Hansen in her Harvey Girl uniform
Bonnie Hansen
in her Harvey Girl uniform

Bonnie Hansen wearing the Harvey Girl “dude wrangler” costume
Fashion Historian Bonnie Hansen wearing the Harvey Girl “dude wrangler” costume from the 1920’s

Civilizing the Wild West
Civilizing the Wild West

Harvey Girl “Indian Detour” uniform from the Grand Canyon
Harvey Girl “Indian Detour”
uniform from
the Grand Canyon


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New Programs 2011 Pioneer Fashion First Ladies of ’20s Victorian “Extras”