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05.10.19 WEEKEND

150-Year Anniversary Weekend Celebration

On May 10-11, 2019, a 150-year anniversary celebration weekend will take place at Promontory Summit, Utah. Visitors will be able to step out on to the site where history was made, partake in activities, meander through the visitor center and monuments, and visit the nearby Chinese dugouts and Spiral Jetty.

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Summer at the Summit

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2019, visitors from Utah and beyond can come to the Promontory Summit area and step out on to the site where history was made, partake in ongoing Spike 150 Commission commemorative experiences, meander through the visitor center and monuments, and visit the nearby Chinese dugouts and Spiral Jetty.

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Partner and Community Events

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September 26 – October 29, 2018

Through Toil and Labor : the Forgotten History of Utah’s Chinese Railroad Workers
Through photographs, historical documents, and excavated fragments of imported Chinese ceramics, this traveling exhibit seeks to explore the unique history of the Transcontinental Railroad’s Chinese workers in Utah, discuss their daily lives, and share what’s been learned from the artifacts they left behind.

The exhibit is currently at Kane County Healing Arts in Kanab.

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October 10, 2018

Announcement Ceremony Of the Chinese Railroad Workers Monument
Announcement ceremony of the Chinese Railroad Workers Monument: A Golden Spike Project. This also officially kicks off the year-long events of the 150th Golden Spike celebration and efforts of restoring the Historical Chinatown in downtown Salt Lake City by local Chinese community.

You will witness this historical moment, learn an important piece of Salt Lake City history, hear stories of Chinese immigrants in Salt Lake City over 100 years ago, explore photo exhibition of the old Chinatown, enjoy cultural performances, and taste some delicious Chinese food.

Admission is free but registration is required

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November 8, 2018

Music at the Rails- Featuring Saddle Strings
Ogden Union Station Foundation

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November 15, 2018

Cowboy Christmas Dinner Concert Featuring Trinity Seely
Ogden Union Station Foundation

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November 16-17, 2018

Cowboy Christmas
Ogden Union Station Foundation

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DECEMBER 2018

Winter Steam Festival
Golden Spike National Historic Site

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January 4 – June 2019

A World Transformed : the Transcontinental Railroad and Utah
The exhibit shares the story of Utah’s contribution to the completion of the transcontinental railroad and examines the railway’s transformational effects on Utah. A partnership between Utah State University’s Merrill-Cazier Library and the Utah State Division of History, the exhibit draws upon the many rich historical resources held by different institutions across not only Utah but the Western United States, including photographs, maps, art, and lithographs.

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February 1 – May 26, 2019

The Race to Promontory: The Transcontinental Railroad and the American West
The world’s largest photograph collection documenting the transcontinental railroad’s construction. Presented by Union Pacific and exhibited at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

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February 9, 2019

She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain! A Family Pops Concert
Travel with Conductor Craig Jessop on a spectacular musical journey commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad. Featuring folksy favorites and Americana celebrating the driving of the Golden Spike, this concert is sure to delight the whole family! Also featuring the Cache Children’s Choir.

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March 8-9, 2019

Hostler Model Railroad Show
Ogden Union Station Foundation

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March 13 – May 30, 2019

A World Transformed : the Transcontinental Railroad and Utah
Utah State University and the Utah State Division of History have partnered to create an exhibit which shares the personal stories of the people who built it and those whose lives were forever changed in both big ways and small.

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MARCH 22 – JUNE 14, 2019

People. Place. Impact. Utah Art Exhibit
Work will relate to the completion of the nation’s First Transcontinental Railroad. Exhibit presented by the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts at the Rio Grande Depot.

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MAY 2019

National Railway Historical Society Annual Conference 

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MAY 8 – MAY 11, 2019

2019 Southern Pacific Historical and Technical Society/ Union Pacific Historical Society Convention
The Southern Pacific Historical & Technical Society (SPHTS) and the Union Pacific Historical Society (UPHS) will be holding a joint convention in honor of the 150th anniversary of the golden spike at Promontory, Utah. Members of each group as well as non-members are invited to attend.

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MAY 8 – MAY 11, 2019

2019 Golden Spike Conference
Presented by the Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association to celebrate the achievements and honor the sacrifices of the railroad workers.

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MAY 9, 2019

150th Sesquicentennial Gala

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May 9, 2019

Classic Railroad Film
Peery’s Egyptian Theater will be showing the classic film – Union Pacific to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the railroad.

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MAY 9 – 11, 2019

Steam Locomotives Exhibit 
See the iconic “Big Boy” and historic No. 119 steam locomotives at Ogden’s Union Station. Presented by Union Pacific.

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MAY 10, 2019

Train Days
This is the Place Heritage Park

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May 10, 2019

Live Celebration Broadcast
Broadcast from Promontory Summit will reach Utah’s 640,000 public school students.

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May 10, 2019

Tanner Humanities Gift of Music
Concert by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Utah Symphony with special guest artist.

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May 11, 2019

Ogden Musical Theatre “Melodrama”
Ogden Musical Theatre presents the Melodrama, “Ride the Rails” A 40 minute, historical play interspersed with songs and music accompanying the action. This will be preformed multiple times throughout the day and evening during the street festival. Come be a part of the Melodrama as you “BOO” the villain as he ties his victim to the tracks, and “CHEER” for the hero who rescues her.

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July 7 – 13, 2019

2019 NMRA Convention and Train Show
The National Train Show® was established in 1988 by the National Model Railroad Association as a nationally sponsored combined industry trade show and public train show to promote the hobby of model railroading. The 2019 National Train Show is held in conjunction with the national convention of the NMRA in Salt Lake City, UT. It will be held in the Mountain America Exposition Center (formerly known as Southtowne Expo Center) in Sandy, UT.

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Year Round

Spiral Jetty Tours
See Robert Smithson’s earthwork on the Great Salt Lake, 15-miles from Golden Spike National Historic Site.

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2019

Spike 150 Lecture Series
Acclaimed guest historians including two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough.

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2019

New Curriculum for 4th and 7th Graders
Through a partnership with the acclaimed Gilder Lehrman Institute.

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2019

Commemorative Monuments, Sculptures, Art Performances and Exhibits
Recognition of the important contributions made by railroad workers of Chinese, Irish, and African descent, plus the labor of Mormon-pioneer graders.

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November 2, 2019

Ogden Music Festival
Premiere of banjo themed composition of Ogden’s rich history as a train town by world renowned banjoist and composer Jens Kruger.  Performance by the Kruger Brothers in concert with Chamber Orchestra Ogden accompanied by original choreographed dance by Imagine Ballet Theatre.

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