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05.10.19 – 05.12.09

Sesquicentennial Celebration
at Promontory Summit

Come Party Like It’s 1869!

150 years ago, a group of dignitaries gathered on a dusty rise not far from the shore of the Great Salt Lake to witness a spike made of solid gold be driven into a laurel-wood railroad tie with a silver hammer. The Transcontinental Railroad was born, linking the United States from shore to shore and heralding America as a bold, innovative and forward-looking world leader.

As home to the site where Central Pacific and Union Pacific crews ended their race to connect east and west, Utah is honored and excited to host the Transcontinental Railroad’s 150th birthday party at the Golden Spike National Historic Site May 10th through 12th, 2019. And you’re invited!

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The Chinese Exclusion Act (Free Screening)
05-02-2019 - 05-02-2019

The Chinese Exclusion Act (Free Screening)

Park City Film

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All Aboard the AgeWise Express
05-02-2019 - 05-02-2019

All Aboard the AgeWise Express

Golden Spike 150

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USU - Spike 150 Lecture Series - Utah State University Brigham City Region
05-02-2019 - 05-02-2019

USU - Spike 150 Lecture Series - Utah State University Brigham City Region

Utah State University

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Infamous Ogden on the Menu: Railroad Edition
05-03-2019 - 05-03-2019

Infamous Ogden on the Menu: Railroad Edition

Weber State University Special Collections

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Real Salt Lake vs. Portland Timbers
05-04-2019 - 05-04-2019

Real Salt Lake vs. Portland Timbers

Real Salt Lake

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Golden Spike Sesquicentennial Opening Ceremonies
05-04-2019 - 05-04-2019

Golden Spike Sesquicentennial Opening Ceremonies

Box Elder County

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Golden Spike Sesquicentennial Opening Ceremonies Hoedown
05-04-2019 - 05-04-2019

Golden Spike Sesquicentennial Opening Ceremonies Hoedown

Box Elder County

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Mark Hopkins Railroad Display
05-06-2019 - 05-06-2019

Mark Hopkins Railroad Display

Box Elder County

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Golden Spike 150th Celebration!
05-07-2019 - 05-07-2019

Golden Spike 150th Celebration!

Utah's Hogle Zoo

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Chinese Migrants and the Transcontinental Railroad
05-07-2019 - 05-07-2019

Chinese Migrants and the Transcontinental Railroad

Weber State University Special Collections

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05-07-2019 - 05-07-2019

"CITIZEN WONG" - a powerful new play inspired by the life and times of the First Chinese American

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre

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Irish Workers on the Transcontinental Railroad in Comparative Perspective
05-07-2019 - 05-07-2019

Irish Workers on the Transcontinental Railroad in Comparative Perspective

Hibernian Society of Utah

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The Dance and the Railroad by David Henry Hwang
05-06-2019 - 05-07-2019

The Dance and the Railroad by David Henry Hwang

Salt Lake Acting Company

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Working on the Railroad: Chinese Workers & America’s First Transcontinental Line | Gordon H. Chang
05-08-2019 - 05-08-2019

Working on the Railroad: Chinese Workers & America’s First Transcontinental Line | Gordon H. Chang

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

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05-08-2019 - 05-08-2019

"CITIZEN WONG" - a powerful new play inspired by the life and times of the First Chinese American

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre

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America's Railroad: A Choral Concert
05-08-2019 - 05-08-2019

America's Railroad: A Choral Concert

Waterford School

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The Crossing: Box Elder's Golden Treasure
05-07-2019 - 05-09-2019

The Crossing: Box Elder's Golden Treasure

Old Barn Community Theatre

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“Gold Mountain” - a new musical presented by Zions Bank in partnership with Spike 150, CRWDA, and Ogden Musical Theatre
05-08-2019 - 05-09-2019

“Gold Mountain” - a new musical presented by Zions Bank in partnership with Spike 150, CRWDA, and Ogden Musical Theatre

Golden Spike 150

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05-09-2019 - 05-09-2019

"CITIZEN WONG" - a powerful new play inspired by the life and times of the First Chinese American

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre

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FamilySearch Chinese Genealogy Workshop
05-09-2019 - 05-09-2019

FamilySearch Chinese Genealogy Workshop

FamilySearch Center

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Children's Golden Spike Celebration and Family Locomotive Party
05-09-2019 - 05-09-2019

Children's Golden Spike Celebration and Family Locomotive Party

Treehouse Children's Museum

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Come See What The Railroad Built
05-09-2019 - 05-09-2019

Come See What The Railroad Built

Golden Spike 150

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Bike the Spike
05-10-2019 - 05-10-2019

Bike the Spike

South Salt Lake Arts Council

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Golden Spike Gala with the Tabernacle Choir
05-10-2019 - 05-10-2019

Golden Spike Gala with the Tabernacle Choir

Cache Children's Choir

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Rails and Ales:
05-10-2019 - 05-10-2019

Rails and Ales: "Hell on Wheels"

Weber State University Special Collections

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2019 Tanner Gift of Music with Brian Stokes Mitchell and Megan Hilty
05-10-2019 - 05-10-2019

2019 Tanner Gift of Music with Brian Stokes Mitchell and Megan Hilty

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

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Train Day
05-10-2019 - 05-10-2019

Train Day

This is the Place Heritage Park

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Hooper City Spike 150
05-10-2019 - 05-10-2019

Hooper City Spike 150

Hooper City

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1869 Golden Spike Celebration
05-10-2019 - 05-10-2019

1869 Golden Spike Celebration

Heber Valley Railroad

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Golden Spike Artful Afternoon
05-10-2019 - 05-10-2019

Golden Spike Artful Afternoon

Kimball Art Center

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May 10th Celebration Ceremony Broadcast
05-10-2019 - 05-10-2019

May 10th Celebration Ceremony Broadcast

Golden Spike 150

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We Want the Railroad: Brigham Young's Role in Bringing the Railroad to Utah
05-11-2019 - 05-11-2019

We Want the Railroad: Brigham Young's Role in Bringing the Railroad to Utah

Golden Spike 150

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Heritage Festival 150th Edition
05-09-2019 - 05-11-2019

Heritage Festival 150th Edition

Ogden Downtown Alliance

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Spike 150 - Gunnison Valley with Echoes of Hammers and Spikes
05-11-2019 - 05-11-2019

Spike 150 - Gunnison Valley with Echoes of Hammers and Spikes

Casino Star Theatre Foundation

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Ogden FamilySearch Discovery
05-06-2019 - 05-11-2019

Ogden FamilySearch Discovery

FamilySearch Center

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05-09-2019 - 05-11-2019

"Crossroads of the West, Connection of the Oceans": US-China Summit

Utah Chinese Golden Spike Society

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Spike 150 Open House at the Great Basin Museum
05-06-2019 - 05-11-2019

Spike 150 Open House at the Great Basin Museum

West Millard's Great Basin Museum

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National Stagecoach and Freight Wagon Association 12th Annual Conference
05-08-2019 - 05-11-2019

National Stagecoach and Freight Wagon Association 12th Annual Conference

National Stagecoach and Freight Wagon Association

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Corinne The Gentile City: Corinne Historical Pageant
05-09-2019 - 05-11-2019

Corinne The Gentile City: Corinne Historical Pageant

Golden Spike 150

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John M. Browning Historic Home Tour
05-09-2019 - 05-11-2019

John M. Browning Historic Home Tour

Golden Spike 150

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Utah Royals FC vs. Houston Dash
05-11-2019 - 05-11-2019

Utah Royals FC vs. Houston Dash

Utah Royals FC

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Uniting A Nation Golden Spike Shooting Competition
05-10-2019 - 05-11-2019

Uniting A Nation Golden Spike Shooting Competition

Perry City

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Transcontinental Railroad 150th Anniversary Open House
05-11-2019 - 05-11-2019

Transcontinental Railroad 150th Anniversary Open House

Tooele Valley Museum & Historic Park

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Golden Spike Forever -
05-11-2019 - 05-11-2019

Golden Spike Forever - "Toward the Future" Grand Concert

Chinese Association for Sciences and Technology in...

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Stadler US Grand Opening - Open House
05-09-2019 - 05-11-2019

Stadler US Grand Opening - Open House

Stadler US inc.

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Southern Pacific Historical & Technical Society - Union Pacific Historical Society Convention
05-08-2019 - 05-11-2019

Southern Pacific Historical & Technical Society - Union Pacific Historical Society Convention

Ogden Eccles Conference Center

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FamilySearch Discovery
05-06-2019 - 05-11-2019

FamilySearch Discovery

FamilySearch Center

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“Gold Mountain” - a new musical presented by Zions Bank in partnership with Spike 150, CRWDA, and Ogden Musical Theatre
05-10-2019 - 05-11-2019

“Gold Mountain” - a new musical presented by Zions Bank in partnership with Spike 150, CRWDA, and Ogden Musical Theatre

Golden Spike 150

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Come See What the Railroad Built
05-11-2019 - 05-11-2019

Come See What the Railroad Built

Golden Spike 150

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The Black Irish Band - Live at the Golden Spike 150
05-10-2019 - 05-12-2019

The Black Irish Band - Live at the Golden Spike 150

Golden Spike 150

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Love & Landscape
05-07-2019 - 05-12-2019

Love & Landscape

Golden Spike 150

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Spike 150 Sesquicentennial Celebration Festival
05-10-2019 - 05-12-2019

Spike 150 Sesquicentennial Celebration Festival

Golden Spike 150

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Resilience and the Last Spike
05-10-2019 - 05-24-2019

Resilience and the Last Spike

AOE Media

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The Chinese Helped Build the Railroad --- The Railroad Helped Build America
05-01-2019 - 05-31-2019

The Chinese Helped Build the Railroad --- The Railroad Helped Build America

Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association

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Spike 50: Golden Spike Parade in 1919
05-01-2019 - 05-31-2019

Spike 50: Golden Spike Parade in 1919

Weber State University

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The Chinese Helped Build The Railroad - The Railroad Helped Build America Exhibit
05-01-2019 - 06-01-2019

The Chinese Helped Build The Railroad - The Railroad Helped Build America Exhibit

Golden Spike 150

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Spencer Fox Eccles: Treasures of the Transcontinental Railroad
05-03-2019 - 06-24-2019

Spencer Fox Eccles: Treasures of the Transcontinental Railroad

Utah Department of Heritage and Arts

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ALL ABOARD!
05-02-2019 - 06-26-2019

ALL ABOARD!

Utah Cultural Celebration Center

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Beauty, Brawn, Commerce & Travel: Photography of U.S. Railroads
05-02-2019 - 06-26-2019

Beauty, Brawn, Commerce & Travel: Photography of U.S. Railroads

Utah Cultural Celebration Center

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“Move Over, Sir!” Women Working on the Railroad
05-02-2019 - 06-26-2019

“Move Over, Sir!” Women Working on the Railroad

Utah Cultural Celebration Center

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All Set for the West: Railroads and the National Parks
05-02-2019 - 06-26-2019

All Set for the West: Railroads and the National Parks

Utah Cultural Celebration Center

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Along the Line: Contemporary Explorations of the Transcontinental Railroad
05-02-2019 - 06-26-2019

Along the Line: Contemporary Explorations of the Transcontinental Railroad

Utah Cultural Celebration Center

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Spike 150 Helper and the Railroad
05-03-2019 - 08-02-2019

Spike 150 Helper and the Railroad

The Helper Project

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Western Mining & Railroad Museum Presents The Power of Rail - A Journey into the History of Helper
05-10-2019 - 08-19-2019

Western Mining & Railroad Museum Presents The Power of Rail - A Journey into the History of Helper

Western Mining and Railroad Museum

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Cache Valley Railroad Exhibit
05-01-2019 - 08-24-2019

Cache Valley Railroad Exhibit

Cache DUP Museum

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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.

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These celebratory events honor our shared history and inspire us that great things are possible with vision, hard work, ingenuity, dedication and collaboration.”

 

-Doug Foxley
Co-Chair, Spike 150 Commission

 

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Spike 150 Schedule* at Promontory Summit

Schedule for May 10, 2019
8:00 AM

Golden Spike National Historic Site Opens to the Public

8:15 AM

Jupiter and #119 Replica Steam Engines Arrive

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Sesquicentennial Celebration Ceremony, Keynote Address & As One Performance

1:30 - 7:00 PM

Spike 150 Festival:

Music, Performances, Storytelling, Historical Reenactments, Train Demonstrations, Frontier Village, Innovation Summit, Reenactments, and Steam Train Demonstrations

Schedule for May 11, 2019
9:00 AM- 7:00 PM

Spike 150 Celebration Festival:

Music, Performances, Storytelling, Historical Reenactments, Train Demonstrations, Frontier Village, Innovation Summit, Reenactments, and Steam Train Demonstrations

Schedule for May 12, 2019
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Spike 150 Celebration Festival:

Music, Performances, Storytelling, Historical Reenactments, Train Demonstrations, Frontier Village, Innovation Summit, Reenactments, and Steam Train Demonstrations

*Schedule subject to change.

Highlights include:

 

Remarks by Dignitaries

  • Railroad Worker Legacy Representatives
  • U.S. Congress
  • National Park Service
  • State of Utah
  • Western Governors’ Association
  • Union Pacific Railroad

 

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).

 

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 Historic Site, 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.

 

Frontier Camp

Railroad Construction CampMost of the Central Pacific Railroad’s workforce was comprised of Chinese immigrants. Additionally, Irish immigrants, former Civil War soldiers, African-Americans and Mormons contributed to the railroad’s construction. The Frontier Camp explores this narrative through cultural exhibits, demonstrations, storytellers, and discovery of vintage wagons that brought many of the railroad workers across the plains.

 

 

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 and “saloons” with water and soft drinks will offer lunch and snacks for purchase throughout the three-day festival. Commemorative merchandise will be available at the Spike 150 Shop and through Golden Spike National Historic Site.

 

 

Performances

Black Irish BandWe are pleased to include performances from local artists and musicians as part of the festival celebration.  The Black Irish Band and their music of the railroad workers will be one of the performances of the festival.  If you are interested in participating, please submit your information through our performer inquiry form here.

 

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The public is welcome and encouraged to join us for the Sesquicentennial Celebration at Promontory Summit. Access to the site is by private car or chartered bus only, with each car requiring a ticket purchased in advance online. The fee per vehicle is $20 on May 10th. On May 11-12 the vehicle fee is $10 per day. There is no additional fee to enter the Golden Spike National Historic Site at Promontory Summit. Tickets must be purchased in advance online. 

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