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This trunk represents a 20-year old woman from Indiana who accepted work as a Harvey Girl to help her family retain ownership of their 40-acre farm. Stationed in Arizona, the letters home tell of her growing interest in the work of local Indian artisans. Her discerning eye earns her a role in selecting the Native American jewelry that Harvey establishments introduce for sale to tourists in 1899. Her work as a Harvey Girl will end with her marriage to a local rancher, but the experience she has gained will give her the confidence to open a small shop of her own.

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