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
Coulter Performance Plaza, 1 West
FOOD: Transforming the American Table
Assisted listening devices, Wheelchair accessible