For the exhibition At Home in the World and in celebration of Women & Creativity month, 516 ARTS presents filmmaker Katrina Parks, creator of The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound, and writer Carolyn Meyer, author of Diary of a Waitress: The Not-So-Glamorous Life of a Harvey Girl, who will share stories
and history about one of the first all female American workforces which started in the 1880s and ended in the 1960s.
The presentation will include segments from Parks’ new interviews with a diverse group of Harvey Girls whose experiences emphasize how their lives were transformed by arriving in a new place, how they created community and the importance of the Harvey Girls to New Mexico’s development and the multiculturalism of the region. Park’s project documents how over 100,000 railroad station waitresses opened up the American West and the workplace to women. This event delves into a historic migration of women workers and examines a history that is still relevant to today's issues of revitalization, migration and place making.
The Harvey Girls Project was made possible with support from The New Mexico Humanities Council, The McCune Charitable Foundation, The National Park Service’s Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program and the Historic District Improvement Committee.