Oct 282015



Photo courtesy of the Northern Arizona University Cline Library

This postcard was created to promote the Fred Harvey: Branding the Southwest exhibit now on display at the Cline Library.


The Old Trails Museum will offer its Fall History Highlight at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, at La Posada Hotel in Winslow with the free presentation of Fred Harvey: Branding the Southwest.

Archivist Sean Evans from Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library will present this visual walk through the history of the Fred Harvey company in the Southwest from the 1890s through its ownership by the Amfac corporation from 1968 to 1988. Evans’ presentation will also serve as a preview of the Cline Library’s exhibit of the same name, on display now through Aug. 1, 2016.

The Winslow Harvey Girls will also have their popular Harvey House Trunk Show on display starting at 1 p.m. This dedicated group of volunteers is committed to preserving the history of Fred Harvey, the Harvey Girls and La Posada Hotel. Their trunk show features original china used in the dining cars and Harvey Houses along the Santa Fe line.

Evans has been an archivist at Special Collections and Archives at the Cline Library since 1981. He holds a master’s in History from NAU, and a master’s in Information Research and Library Science from the University of Arizona. In addition to the Fred Harvey exhibit, Evans has curated two others for the Cline: Route 66 in Arizona: Don’t Forget Winona in 2009 and The Flagstaff All-Indian Powwow in 2012.

Starting in 1876, Englishman and entrepreneur Fred Harvey opened a series of Harvey Houses in cooperation with the Santa Fe Railway that were considered America’s first restaurant chain. After Fred’s death in 1901, son Ford Harvey developed the company’s focus on destination tourism to the Southwest. Both the Branding the Southwest presentation and exhibit will explore the company’s evolution, from small clapboard cafes to elegant rail-side hotels, through the lens of the Cline Library’s Fred Harvey Company Collection.

The Cline Library’s collection illustrates the company’s influence on the development of dining and tourism in the Southwest through material on the Harvey Girls, the Fred Harvey Indian Department and Grand Canyon operations. Documents include menus, brochures, guest registers, press releases, architectural drawings, artwork, and more than 5,000 photographs of Fred Harvey concerns at the Grand Canyon and elsewhere.

The 2015 Fall History Highlight is scheduled to coincide with the Branding the Southwest exhibit run, as well as with a special panel discussion and open house at the Cline Library from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Along with La Posada Hotel, the Old Trails Museum has loaned several items from its Fred Harvey Collections to the Cline exhibit, including china, glassware and textiles. Some of OTM’s loaned items have just recently come full circle.

In 1985, Allen and Carol Naille donated their Fred Harvey collection to the Cline Library. Allen Naille was president of the Fred Harvey Corporation at the Grand Canyon during the transition from the Harvey family to Amfac Inc. In 1996, the Cline donated the three-dimensional objects from the Naille Collection to the Museum of Northern Arizona, which generously donated a portion of that collection to the Old Trails Museum this past August.

The 2015 Fall History Highlight is a partnership program between the Old Trails Museum and the Winslow Arts Trust. For information on all of the Old Trails Museum’s exhibits and programs, go to www.oldtrailsmuseum.org or “Like” the museum on Facebook.