Friday, October 25 through Monday, October 28

Join us for the tenth year of Fred Harvey History events at the New Mexico History Museum and La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe—and, for the first time, at the newly restored Harvey Castaneda Hotel in Las Vegas, NM.

The weekend begins with two days of talks and panels at the New Mexico History Museum, from 12:30 to 5 p.m., Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26.

The presentations are free, but to guarantee yourself a seat, R.S.V.P. to with the names and email addresses of everyone in your party.  This email will also put you on the list for updates on the weekend, and for future Fred Harvey History events.

See below for scheduled presentations and speakers

Saturday evening join us for the Fred Harvey Foodie Dinner, a truly historic Harvey-inspired meal to benefit the New Mexico History Museum’s exhibitions and public programming, and the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. Drinks and then dinner will be served in the grand ballroom at La Fonda on the Plaza. Top local chefs will reinterpret classic dishes that civilized the wild west, along with between course foodie history commentary from bestselling author Stephen Fried, Harvey family members and surprise guests.

Menu and guest chefs:

  • Hors d’ouevres: Baked Oysters Theodore with Crab Veloute, Swiss Cheese and Lemon; Deviled Eggs with Mustard Pickles; Mushrooms Stuffed with Braised Shortribs, Parmesan and Tomato Sauce. Lane Warner, La Fonda
  • Food demonstration: Harvey Girl Little Orange Pancakes with Smoked Salmon and Caviar. Chef and MC JohnnyVee, Las Cosas Cooking School
  • Signature Cocktails: The Harvey, The Harvey Girl. Sean Sinclair and Andrew Szeman, Bar Castaneda
  • Soup: Albondigas a la Castaneda with Clever Garnish. Jason Stewart, Inn at Loretto
  • Salad: Alligator Pear (Avocado) Salad with Secret Vinaigrette. Erin Wade and Avery Pearson, Vinaigrette
  • Main Course: Mescalero Apache Prime Angus Strip Steak Diane with Winter Squash and Red Chard Ragout, and Crispy Shitake Mushrooms. Peter O’Brien, Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi
  • Dessert: Pecan Sponge Cake with Cranberry Sherbet. Heather Guay, Los Poblanos Historic Inn

Recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning, the Fred Harvey Foodie Dinner is now in its third year, and it sells out very quickly.

Dinner is $150 per person, and each diner will receive a specially boxed set of Mimbreno china ramekins designed by Mary Colter and reproduced by HF Coors, along with a print of “The Last Harvey Girls,” the beloved painting by Tina Mion.

Optional events, October 25 and 26:

Friday 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., reception at Santa Fe Antiques, 1006 Marquez Place

Saturday morning, 10:30 a.m., Harvey brunch at newly restored Legal Tender Saloon at the old Santa Fe station in Lamy: $40 per person, reservations 505.466.1650 or

On Sunday, October 27, the Fred Harvey History Weekend moves to Las Vegas, New Mexico’s original Fred Harvey city since 1879. There we’ll celebrate the grand re-opening of the Castaneda Hotel, first of the Fred Harvey mission style trackside hotels in the Southwest, which has been closed as a hotel since 1948.

The re-opening festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. at the hotel, with a talk about the rescue and restoration of the building by owners Allan Affeldt and Tina Mion, followed by a tour.

At 3 p.m., there will be an opening of a new art show by Tina Mion, “Midnight Muse,” at the Mayeur Projects Gallery. It includes paintings inspired by living and working in Fred Harvey hotels. Both of these events are free and open to the public

At 6:30 p.m., there will be a grand re-opening dinner at the Castaneda’s new restaurant, Kin. Dinner is $75. After dinner there will be live music and drinking in the courtyard. Monday morning, there will be a breakfast at Kin until 10 a.m., for $25. All reservations can be made at

Optional events October 27 and 28: for guided tours of the Montezuma Hotel/UWC, on the site of the original Harvey-run hot springs health resort outside of Las Vegas, as well as Castaneda, Southwest Detours, 505.459.6987.


Please make reservations in Santa Fe that allow you to be at the New Mexico History Museum by noon on Friday, October 25 and stay over in town Friday and Saturday nights.

For reservations at La Fonda on the Plaza, please call 505.982.5511.

For Sunday, please plan to stay over in Las Vegas, NM. The Castaneda is already booked for the entire weekend, but there is plenty of availability at its nearby sister hotel, the Plaza Hotel. Call 505.425.3591 for reservations.

Fred Harvey History Weekend talks and panels

Friday, October 25 at NMHM

Saturday, October 26

12:30 Greeting from interim director Billy G. Garrett

12:45-1:15 State of the Fred Harvey Union: FH basics for newbies, and an update on what’s new in the Fredisphere with Stephen Fried

1:30 Mary Colter at 150 a lively panel discussion with Mary Colter biographer Arnold Berke, Colter restoration designer Barbara Felix and Billy G. Garret (former history architect at Grand Canyon National Park) to commemorate the 150th birthday of the Fred Harvey design guru

2:30 The Magic Train, debut of a new piece of music by award-winning composer (and Fred Harvey great-grandson) Julian Harvey, followed by a Q&A with Harvey about the role of music at Fred Harvey, and his recollections of growing up around the company

3:15  Break

3:30 Reconsidering Diversity at the Grand Canyon (and at Fred Harvey), based on a recent Howard University/NPS study The Grand Canyon: Discovery of Lost & Undertold Stories of Non-Native American Ethnic Minorities by Christopher N. Cross, co-author and PhD candidate in Translational Genomics

4:15 Commercialization or Cultural Preservation? An intriguing new view of Southwest ethnography & the relationship between American Indians, Fred Harvey & the Santa Fe Railway by Dr. Caroline Fernald, executive director, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology (former director Millicent Rogers Museum)

5:30 End of day one programs

1:00 The Legacy of Maria Martinez & Fred Harvey, a special lecture and pottery demonstration by Maria Martinez’s artistic descendants: great-granddaughter Barbara Gonzalez and great-great grandson Cavan Gonzalez from San Ildefonso Pueblo

2:30 Break

2:50 Tina Mion, Living with Ghosts, painter Tina Mion—co-owner of two restored Harvey hotels, La Posada in Winslow and Castaneda in Las Vegas–on living in (and saving) Harvey hotels and making inspired art in them

4:00 Harvey Houses Reborn: Saving Fred’s Restaurant Spaces, Reinventing His Food panel discussion with Cedd Moses, Los Angeles hospitality entrepreneur who recently reopened Mary Colter’s restaurant space in LA Union Station; Sean Sinclair, beloved Santa Fe chef who just took over the restaurant and bar at Castaneda Hotel in Las Vegas; Matt McTigue, executive chef at El Tovar on Grand Canyon South Rim; Murphy O’Brien, who recently took over Legal Tender in Lamy and Matt DiGregory, Range Café at the Plaza.

5:00 Questions and wrap-up