The Fred Harvey Collection in NAU’s Special Collections spans 96 years and tells the story of the man credited with creating the first restaurant chain in the United States.

The man and his legacy will be the subject of a free public lecture “Branding the Southwest: A Discussion on Fred Harvey and Tourism in the Southwest” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in Cline Library Auditorium.

Panelists include Stephen Fried, author of Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West—One Meal at a Time; Allan Affeldt, owner of La Posada Hotel– an original Harvey House; Wanda Costen, executive director of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management and Allen Naille, former chief executive officer of AmFac.

Following the discussion, participants are invited to Cline Library’s Special Collections and Archives for the opening reception of the Fred Harvey exhibit from 7:30-9 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.