The Gridley Branch of Coffey County Library will host The Harvey Girls’ Service with Style, at 7 p.m. Monday. The presentation and discussion will be led by Kansas Humanities Speaker Michaeline Chance-Reay.
In 19th-century Kansas, single women had few choices when it came to reputable work. Chance-Reay will discuss the professional waitress positions available in the Harvey House chain of restaurants along the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad lines from 1876 to the early 1950s. She will also explore the job duties, pay scales, and working conditions of Harvey Girls compared with other occupations available for single women during that time period.
Dr. Michaeline Chance-Reay teaches courses in Women’s Studies and Education at Kansas State University. Her current research focuses on the Harvey Girls and historic sites on the K-State campus, especially those related to women.
This free program is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council and the Gridley Library. Door prizes will be provided by the R.E. French Family Educational Foundation. The Gridley Friends of the Library will serve refreshments following the presentation. The library is located at 512 Main Street in Gridley. For more information contact 620-836-3905 or visit www.cclibraryks.org.
The library is located at 512 Main Street in Gridley. Information: 620-836-3905 or visit www.cclibraryks.org.
In addition, the Gridley Friends of the Library will hold their annual Fall Book Sale Wednesday through Saturday. Sale hours are Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. - noon.
Books for adults, teens, and children as well as audio books, music CD’s, and cake pans will be available.
All materials will be purchased by donation with monies going toward adult and children’s programming. For more information, contact the branch at 620-836-3905 or firstname.lastname@example.org.