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Living History at the Sedona Heritage Museum features ‘The Harvey Girls’


Harvey Girl re-enactor Heather Valentine Mitten at the Sedona Heritage Museum. (Submitted by Sedona Heritage Museum)

Harvey Girl re-enactor Heather Valentine Mitten at the Sedona Heritage Museum. (Submitted by Sedona Heritage Museum)


Originally Published: May 11, 2022 9:25 p.m.

The Sedona Heritage Museum is hosting the next in its Living History speaker series on Thursday, May 12, at 10 a.m. at the Museum when Joanne Vancore will present “The Harvey Girls."

The Harvey Girls were pioneers of the West who broke barriers as the country’s first national corps of independent women, working in the 1800s – 1900s, before women were readily accepted or expected in a work environment.

If You Go ...

• What: “The Harvey Girls” presentation

• When: May 12, 10-11 a.m.

• Where: Sedona Heritage Museum, 735 Jordan Road, Uptown Sedona

• How Much: Free

• More Info: Call 9282827038.

These "young women of good moral character" were hand-picked to work at Fred Harvey’s rail station diners, mostly in uninhabited areas of the vast and mostly uninhabited American west. They helped create dozens of small towns across America as the rail stations became population centers and in many cases the ‘girls’ married locally and helped build communities.

Vancore became interested in the Harvey Girls story after becoming a reenactor of people from the past in Prescott. She is a retired Arizona teacher and member of the Prescott Victorian Society (no longer in existence), a founding member of the Elks Opera House Guild, docent at the Elks Theatre, founding member of the Arizona Territorial Society and serves as a docent at the Western Heritage Center.

This program will be in the Museum’s historic Fruit Packing Shed, is free and open to the public. 

Every year, the Sedona Heritage Museum presents a series of Living History talks. Speakers include descendants of pioneers, long-time residents with historical stories to share or other storytellers about history.  The Museum is located at 735 Jordan Road in Jordan Historical Park in Uptown Sedona and is open daily 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For more information, call 928-282-7038.

Information provided by SHM.