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Author Rosa Walston Latimer to Discuss -Harvey Houses of Kansas: Historic Hospitality from Topeka to Syracuse-

Press Release: August 24, 2016

Author Rosa Walston Latimer to Discuss Harvey Houses of Kansas: Historic Hospitality from Topeka to Syracuse

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City (MO)…On Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City will host Rosa Walston Latimer for a discussion of her book Harvey Houses of Kansas: Historic Hospitality from Topeka to Syracuse. A free light reception will precede the program at 6:00 p.m.

Starting in Kansas, Fred Harvey’s iconic Harvey House was the first to set the standard for fine dining and hospitality across the rugged Southwest. In 1876, the first of Harvey’s depot restaurants opened in Topeka, followed just a few years later by the first combination hotel and restaurant in Florence. Fred Harvey and the Harvey Girls introduced good food and manners to the land of Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp and raucous cattle drives. In her third book on the Harvey House legacy, Latimer goes back to where it all began in this history of hospitality from the Sunflower State.

Copies of Latimer's book will be available for purchase and signing. Reservations are requested for this free program by calling 816-268-8010 or emailing kansascity.educate@nara.gov. Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

About the author

Rosa Walston Latimer is a writer, independent bookstore owner, playwright and award-winning photographer. Inspired by her Harvey girl grandmother, this is Latimer’s third book on the Harvey legacy. Her research has appeared in “Texas Highways” and was used in a staged play based on her grandmother’s story. She is currently working on a book about historic hotels of Las Vegas, New Mexico, and has already begun researching her fourth book for the Harvey House series. Harvey Houses of Kansas was chosen a 2016 Notable Kansas Book and will be recognized at the Kansas Book Festival in September 2016. Another book in this Harvey House series by Latimer, Harvey Houses of Texas has been nominated for a 2016 Texas Christian University Texas Book Award.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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