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05.10.19 – 05.12.19

Sesquicentennial Celebration
at Promontory Summit

As home to the site where Central Pacific and Union Pacific crews ended their race to connect east and west, Utah is honored to host the Transcontinental Railroad’s 150th birthday party at the Golden Spike National Historic Site. We are sold out on May 10 and May 11.

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Sesquicentennial Celebration Ceremony – May 10th

The centerpiece of 150th anniversary celebration will take place on a purpose-built stage framed by the Golden Spike Site’s two historical steam engines, the Jupiter and #119. The ceremony features remarks by dignitaries, a keynote address by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham and the world premiere of As One, a sweeping musical-theater reimagining of the 1869 Golden Spike event.

Spike 150 Schedule* at Promontory Summit

Schedule for May 10, 2019

7:30 AM

Public Parking Opens

8:00 AM

Golden Spike National Historic Site Opens to the Public

8:15 AM

Jupiter and #119 Replica Steam Engines Arrive

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Rehearsal

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Sesquicentennial Celebration Ceremony, Keynote Address, Reenactment & As One Performance

1:30 PM

Black Irish Band

2:30 PM

Stampede

3:00 PM

Historical Reenactment

3:30 PM

Transcontinental Railroad Commemorative Forever® Stamps

First-Day-of-Issue Ceremony

4:00 PM

As One Performance

4:30 PM

Locomotive Steam Show

5:00 PM

Professor Hatch, Great Wizard of the West

6:00 PM

Departure of the Locomotives

Frontier Village
Village Stage
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

McKinley Elementary Choir

Michael Keeney, Hit or Myth

1:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Bob Hardy

Black Irish Band

Miss Utah Jesse Craig

Professor Hatch ‘Great Wizard of the West’

Fables and Tales Tent
1:30 PM

Michael Keeney, Hit or Myth

2:00 PM

Miss Utah Jesse Craig, Children’s Stories

2:30 PM

Kenneth G. Blair, Story of Promontory Summit

3:00 PM

Tell Your Story, Record Your Story with Utah Public Radio

4:00 PM

Michael Keeney, Hit or Myth

5:00 PM

Tell Your Story, Record Your Story with Utah Public Radio

Innovation Summit Stage
9:00 AM

Opening Ceremony, Bell Ringing with Colonel Deron L. Frailie, Vice Commander of the 75th Air Base Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah

9:30 AM

Utah STEM Action CENTER, STEM Magician Paul Brewer

1:30 PM

Meet and Greet with NASA Astronaut Scott D. Tingle 

3:00 PM

Award-winning author and illustrator Brian Floca

4:30 PM

Utah STEM Action CENTER, STEM Magician Paul Brewer

5:00 PM

Award-winning author and illustrator Brian Floca

7:00 PM

Golden Spike Sesquicentennial Ceremony and Festival Closes

Schedule for May 11, 2019

8:30 AM

Public Parking Opens

9:00 AM

Golden Spike National Historical Park Opens to the Public

Train Stage
10:00 AM

Bob Hardy

10:45 AM

Black Irish Band

11:30 AM

Historical Reenactment

12:00 PM

As One Performance

12:30 PM

Locomotive Steam Show

1:00 PM

Stampede

2:00 PM

Ted Calcara and the New Deal Swing

2:45 PM

Historical Reenactment

3:00 PM

As One Performance

3:30 PM

Locomotive Steam Show

4:30 PM

Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband

Frontier Village
Village Stage
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Bob Hardy

Black Irish Band

Professor Hatch ‘Great Wizard of the West’

Fables and Tales Tent
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Michael Keeney, Hit or Myth

Ginger Parkinson, Professional Storyteller

Innovation Summit Stage
11:00 AM

Utah STEM Action CENTER, STEM Magician Paul Brewer

12:00 PM

Award-winning author and illustrator Brian Floca

1:00 PM

Utah STEM Action CENTER, STEM Magician Paul Brewer

2:00 PM

Award-winning author and illustrator Brian Floca

7:00 PM

Golden Spike Sesquicentennial Festival Closes

Schedule for May 12, 2019

8:30 AM

Public Parking Opens

9:00 AM

Golden Spike National Historical Park Opens to the Public

Train Stage
10:00 AM

Echoes and Hammers of the Spike Ensemble

11:00 AM

Echoes and Hammers of the Spike Ensemble

12:00 PM

Historical Reenactment

12:20 PM

Locomotive Steam Show

1:00 PM

Black Irish Band

2:00 PM

Departure of the Locomotives

Frontier Village
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Frontier Village with Wagon Trains, Railroad Workers’ Camp, Shoshone Camp and Hell on Wheels Village

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Music, Performances and Storytelling

3:00 PM

Golden Spike Sesquicentennial Festival Closes

*Schedule subject to change.

Highlights include:

 

Remarks by Dignitaries

  • Railroad Worker Legacy Representatives
  • Utah Congressional Delegation
  • National Park Service
  • State of Utah
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • Historical Reenactment

 

Keynote Address

Jon MeachamRenowned presidential scholar Jon Meacham will share his historical perspective on the importance of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, contributing writer to The New York Times Book Review and contributing editor at TIME. His most recent book, The Soul of America, was named one of the best books of 2018 by NPR, The Christian Science Monitor, and Southern Living. While the American story has not always—or even often—been heroic, we have been sustained by a belief in progress even in the gloomiest of times, Meacham notes. In his inspiring book, Meacham reassures us, “The good news is that we have come through such darkness before – as, time and again, Lincoln’s better angels have found a way to prevail.”

 

World Premiere of As One

Children ChoirThis stirring new musical inspired by the Golden Spike era includes five original compositions and performances. As One is written and directed by the all-star team of award-winning composer, producer and songwriter Stephen Nelson; lyricist and vocalist Anjanette Mickelsen; and direction and choreography by Jennifer Parker Hohl. Distinguished musician and conductor Craig Jessop is the show’s executive producer.  As One features a chorus and band of more than 250 elementary school students selected from Utah’s 29 counties.

As One will be broadcast live from Promontory Summit to classrooms, homes and watch parties throughout the state, thanks to our broadcast partner KSL Channel 5 and Utah Education Network (UEN) Channel 9.

 

U.S. Postal Service Transcontinental Railroad Commemorative Forever® Stamps First-Day-of-Issue Ceremony

The U.S. Postal Service marks the 150th anniversary of the completion of the railroad in 1869 with three distinct stamps in a pane of 18 stamps commemorating the milestone.

 

 

 

Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband

Ryan Shupe is a 5th generation fiddler, an accomplished electric guitar, acoustic guitar and mandolin player, Shupe has been touring extensively across the US since he was 10 years old. He is no stranger to the national stage and the band has appeared on Good Morning America, E! TV, Mountain Stage, Woodsongs, GAC and CMT. He and his band tour regularly with stops at festivals, concert series, special events and prestigious venues.

 

 

Black Irish Band

Hailing from the historic Gold Rush Country of America, the four member Black Irish Band of twenty years, have a musical style that is as timeless as the rugged landscape of the west, a tribute to the people whose lives were spent building the world we now take for granted. The band has a large complement of traditional maritime and railroad music, as well as ethnic tunes in their repertoire.

 

 

Sesquicentennial Festival Area – May 10th-12th

The three-day Sesquicentennial Festival offers a variety of fun and educational activities for visitors of all ages. Located at the Golden Spike National Historical Park, the Festival also features food vendors and merchants. So, plan a trip to visit the famous steam engines, learn about how the Transcontinental Railroad and late 19th century innovation changed America’s and Utah’s history, immerse yourself in interactive exhibits, and eat, drink and enjoy the day!

 

STEM Innovation Summit

InnovationCompleting the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869 was the “moonshot” of its day. Looking ahead, what audacious goal is possible to accomplish by 2069? Spike 150 has partnered with Hill Air Force Base’s STEM program to inspire the next generation of innovators to explore and think outside the box to create the next revolutionary breakthrough. Visitors can explore rocketry, aviation and drone technology, and learn if they have what it takes to be part of NASA’s planned Mission to Mars. Come celebrate the past and see how to engineer the future.

 

 

NASA Astronaut Scott D. Tingle

 

Award-Winning Author Brian Floca

Join award-winning author and illustrator Brian Floca for a presentation about the creation of his children’s picture book Locomotive, a Caldecott Medal winner and New York Times bestseller that chronicles a trip across America in 1869 on the just-completed transcontinental railroad.

 

 

Frontier Camp

Railroad Construction Camp

Celebrate the past at Frontier Village. Wondering what life was like in 1869? Catch a glimpse of a Wagon Train, Shoshone Camp, Hell on Wheels Village and Railroad Workers’ Camp. Listen to the music and stories of the journey to Promontory in our Fables and Tales Tent and Acoustic Stage.

 

Bob Hardy

Enjoy a waltz on the prairie with local legend Bob Hardy. Specializing in railroad tunes and period picking, Bob is taking his show from the rails to the Frontier Village.

 

Professor Hatch ‘Great Wizard of the West’

Professor Hatch will astonish visitors to the Frontier Village at close quarters with his pioneering prestidigitation! His appearance will include feats gathered travels around the globe, including the Mystic Golden Rings of China, Nankin Tamasudare from Japan, the Miracle of the Jadoo-Wallah from India and the Unlimited Coinage of Silver as featured in the mining camps of the Nevada Territory. Laughter Born of Bewilderment!

 

From the 19th Century to Today

A series of interactive exhibits compare 19th century innovation to how we see the world changing around us today. How do the working conditions, wages and treatment of railroad workers in 1869 compare to today? How did the railroad affect Native Americans, women and the environment? Large-scale photographs, augmented reality stations and other hands-on exhibits provide fun and educational opportunities to explore yesterday, today and tomorrow.

 

Food and Merchandise

Food TruckFood trucks will offer lunch and snacks for purchase throughout the three-day festival. Visit the Uinta beer garden (21+) to try a Golden Spike Hefeweizen. Commemorative merchandise will be available at the Spike 150 Store, in the mercantile tent at Frontier Village and through Golden Spike National Historical Park.

Thanks to the Food Truck League our vendors include:
The Rollin Mug, The Lucky Slice, Fatty Tuna Sushi & Ramen, Fry Me to the Moon, Yoshi’s Enso Grill, Smokin’ Star BBQ, Comfort Bowl, Marquesas Corndogs, La Salsita, San Diablo Churros, Jamaica’s Kitchen and Umani.

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