A new documentary called The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound is coming to KCPT on Thanksgiving night. It’s a mix of history, food, trains and sociology that director Katrina Parks has put together to celebrate the legacy of these women.
The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound explores how starting in the 1880s, over 100,000 brave young women, Harvey Girls as they were called, made an unusual decision to leave home and travel west to work as waitresses along the transcontinental railroad opening the doors of both the West and the workplace to women.
The film made its debut this summer at the National Archives in Kansas City, in conjunction with their exhibit on Fred Harvey, The Man, The Brand and the American West. Randy Mason spoke with Parks as well as one of those original Harvey Girls. Opportunity Bound will air on KCPT November 28 at 7pm. The National Archives Fred Harvey exhibit will be up through January 4.