Community History Tours: Trolley Tours
Trolley Tour: The Life of Fred Harvey
with Curator Dee Harris
Saturday, August 24 | 9 a.m.-noon. | $40
Meet at Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, Missouri.
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Presented in tandem with the National Archives at Kansas City.
Travel back to 1880s Leavenworth and visit the Fred Harvey home with host and guide Dee Harris of the National Archives in Kansas City, curator of Fred Harvey: The Man, the Brand, and the American West. Harris will explore Harvey’s life from a dishwasher in New York to restaurateur operating the Harvey House chain of restaurants along the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad line. His wait staff, the immaculately dressed Harvey Girls, would become a part of western and Hollywood lore. In Leavenworth, you’ll pass his daughter Sybil’s home across the street and see his gravesite at Mount Muncie Cemetery. The tour includes lunch from Harvey’s at Union Station. Harvey operated one of his Fred Harvey restaurants inside Union Station, as well as the upscale Westport Room.