Author and historian Tom Taylor will speak to Sorosis at 1 p.m. Monday at Heard Memorial Club House, 200 W. Broadway Blvd. His program is called “The Fred Harvey Co. — Trains, Planes and Automobiles.” From 1876 to 1968, the Fred Harvey Co. provided fine dining on Santa Fe passenger trains and in restaurants and depots along the Santa Fe lines from Chicago to Los Angeles. He will give a slide presentation about the company and its famous Harvey Girl waitresses. Also on display will be items from his collection of Harvey Co. china and menus.
He lives in Westwood, Kan., and is a retired community relations director from Unity Village. He is a native of Sedalia, and is a graduate of Smith-Cotton High School and the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He is the author of a pictorial history about Unity Village and is one of the community authors of a Kansas City Star book about Elmwood Cemetery in Kansas City. He is an avid collector of old postcards and railroad dining car china. He is a board member of the John Wornall and Alexander Majors historical house museums in Kansas City.