Travel back in time to when taking the train was the way visitors arrived in New Mexico. An enterprising Englishman named Fred Harvey saw that the accommodations for those travelers needed improving, and whose iconic and innovative lunchrooms, hotels, souvenir shops, and regional excursions launched the idea of cultural tourism in the early days of train travel in the New Mexico territory. Explore the exhibition at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe with virtual tour guide and museum educator Melanie LaBorwit.

Melanie LaBorwit has made her career in New Mexico museums, as a curator, educator and administrator, and she celebrates our state’s history and culture every day. She was a double major in history and fine arts at Georgetown University and continued her graduate work at Indiana University’s Folklore Institute.