A photo of Martha Graham dancing
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Yousuf Karsh, Martha Graham, 1948 © Yousuf Karsh, Gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh. National Portrait Gallery

Cooking Up History: The Harvey Girls & Meals for Rail Passengers

Cooking Up History showcases a guest chef and our resident food historian, Dr. Ashley Rose Young, preparing a recipe and talking about the history and traditions behind its ingredients, culinary techniques, and enjoyment. In 2019 we're focusing each month’s demonstration on a section of the museum’s exhibition FOOD: Transforming the American Table.

Taking another look at how railroads transformed travel and food production in the American West, our guest chef Sarah Lohman will explore the history of the Harvey Girls working as hostesses at restaurants along the rail lines in the Southwest. Chef Lohman will discuss how they represented and contributed to important shifts in the region’s economic and cultural landscape. Their complex story was emblazoned in the American imagination when Judy Garland starred in The Harvey Girls (1946), bringing to life the bustling tourism industry in New Mexico. Join us as we dig into the food history behind this film, while also discussing broader changes in American transportation and tourism history. After the demonstration, Lohman will sign copies of her book, Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine. This program is a collaboration with the museum’s American Enterprise exhibition.


Culinary Arts, Demonstrations


American History Museum


American History Museum

Event Location

Coulter Performance Plaza, 1 West



Related Exhibition

FOOD: Transforming the American Table


Assisted listening devices, Wheelchair accessible