Posts Categorized: history

The Harvey Girl Twins at La Fonda

Sharing the history of La Fonda hospitality is one of our greatest pleasures. That’s why I was thrilled to have the chance to capture some of the memories of two of La Fonda’s Harvey Girls. Among Fred Heads, they are commonly referred to as the Harvey Girl Twins, Beverly Nystrom Ireland and Bernette Nystrom Jarvis. Beverly and… Read more »

Do You Know Olive Rush?

Recently, Barbara Felix and I had the pleasure of taking art historian Dr. Jann Haynes Gilmore on a tour of La Fonda in search of evidence of artwork by critically acclaimed modernist artist Olive Rush. Dr. Gilmore has been spending time in Santa Fe this month finishing research and edits on her upcoming book, a… Read more »

Behind the Scenes: Santa Fe’s Scottish Rite Temple

Masonic Backgrounds

UPDATED: Want to tour the Scottish Rite Temple? Saturday, March 7th is your chance. The Masons Montezuma Lodge #1 will host an open house with tours at 10:30am, 11:30am and 12:30pm starting in the auditorium. For more info, check out this article by Ann Constable in the Santa Fe New Mexican. The Scottish Rite Temple at the… Read more »

A La Fonda Love Story

Olga Chavez' grandfather, Jose Garcia is on the far right.

Olga Chavez is a third generation Santa Fean and realtor with Barker Realty. She says she wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for a love story that began at La Fonda. Olga’s grandfather, Jose Garcia was born in Durango, Mexico in 1907. His father brought the family to El Paso in 1912 so that they… Read more »

Celebrating the Women Who Welcomed Travelers West

Twin sisters Bernette Jarvis and Beverly Ireland are joined by Gloria Jimenez. All three women were Harvey Girls at La Fonda in Santa Fe in the 1950s.

This past weekend the New Mexico History Museum hosted An Evening with the Harvey Girls – a fundraiser featuring the new documentary film, The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound and a reception here at La Fonda. There were over 200 people in attendance, buzzing with a handful of former Harvey Girls. As many of you already know,… Read more »