Partner Events Throughout Utah | Spike 150
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Statewide Events & Activities

Celebrate the 150th Anniversary in your community. We anticipate more than 150 events and activities will occur throughout the state in 2019. Find an event and connect with those celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad. There is still time to become a Spike 150 Partner and submit your event or activity.

Tracing the Path Photo Exhibit
01-23-2019 - 06-26-2019

Tracing the Path Photo Exhibit

Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association

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Spike 50: The 1919 Parade in Ogden
03-01-2019 - 04-30-2019

Spike 50: The 1919 Parade in Ogden

Weber State University Special Collections

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Since the Golden Spike: 150 Year of Utah Railroad History
02-01-2019 - 06-19-2019

Since the Golden Spike: 150 Year of Utah Railroad History

Brigham Young University

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Transcontinental: People, Place, Impact - Exhibition @ Rio Gallery
03-22-2019 - 06-14-2019

Transcontinental: People, Place, Impact - Exhibition @ Rio Gallery

Utah Division of Arts and Museums

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The Spike That Changed Everything: An Exhibit Celebrating 150 Years of Railroad Adventures in Utah
02-15-2019 - 04-26-2019

The Spike That Changed Everything: An Exhibit Celebrating 150 Years of Railroad Adventures in Utah

Salt Lake City Public Library

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A World Transformed: the Transcontinental Railroad and Utah
01-04-2019 - 06-26-2019

A World Transformed: the Transcontinental Railroad and Utah

Utah State University Library

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The Chinese Helped Build The Railroad - The Railroad Helped Build America Exhibit
04-01-2019 - 05-01-2019

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

Golden Spike 150

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After Promontory
03-29-2019 - 10-05-2019

After Promontory

Brigham Young University Museum of Art

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The Race to Promontory: The Transcontinental Railroad and the American West
02-01-2019 - 05-26-2019

The Race to Promontory: The Transcontinental Railroad and the American West

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

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All Aboard!
03-06-2019 - 09-21-2019

All Aboard!

Springville Museum of Art

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The Chinese Helped Build The Railroad -- The Railroad Helped Build America
04-01-2019 - 04-30-2019

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

Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association

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The Spike at 150: Myths and Realities
03-23-2019 - 06-15-2019

The Spike at 150: Myths and Realities

Brigham City Museum of Art and History

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Zhi Lin: Tracing Chinese Workers’ Footsteps to Promontory Summit
03-23-2019 - 06-15-2019

Zhi Lin: Tracing Chinese Workers’ Footsteps to Promontory Summit

Brigham City Museum of Art and History

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Zhi Lin:
04-19-2019 - 06-02-2019

Zhi Lin: "Chinaman’s Chance" on Promontory Summit

Kimball Art Center

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Exhibition Community Opening for Zhi Lin and Parker Jones
04-19-2019 - 04-19-2019

Exhibition Community Opening for Zhi Lin and Parker Jones

Kimball Art Center

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Transcontinental Railroad Grade Backcountry Byway Auto Tour
04-20-2019 - 05-04-2019

Transcontinental Railroad Grade Backcountry Byway Auto Tour

Golden Spike 150

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Golden Spike 150th Anniversary ISDUP Lecture Series
03-12-2019 - 04-23-2019

Golden Spike 150th Anniversary ISDUP Lecture Series

Daughters of Utah Pioneers - The Pioneer Memorial ...

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Building Tracks to New Beginnings: Japanese Railroad Workers in the West
04-24-2019 - 04-24-2019

Building Tracks to New Beginnings: Japanese Railroad Workers in the West

Weber State University Special Collections

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Tunnels Trestles, Track: Chinese and the Transcontinental Railway
04-27-2019 - 06-15-2019

Tunnels Trestles, Track: Chinese and the Transcontinental Railway

Silver Reef Museum

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We Are Murray!
04-27-2019 - 04-27-2019

We Are Murray!

Murray Arts Advisory Board

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Aspen Winds at the Provo Library: Discovering Heritage
04-29-2019 - 04-29-2019

Aspen Winds at the Provo Library: Discovering Heritage

Aspen Winds

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

Cache Valley Railroad Exhibit

Cache DUP Museum

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

ALL ABOARD!

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

FamilySearch Discovery

FamilySearch Center

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

Ogden FamilySearch Discovery

FamilySearch Center

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

Mark Hopkins Railroad Display

Box Elder County

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

Golden Spike 150th Celebration!

Utah's Hogle Zoo

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

Love & Landscape

Golden Spike 150

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

America's Railroad: A Choral Concert

Waterford School

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

Heritage Festival 150th Edition

Ogden Downtown Alliance

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

FamilySearch Chinese Genealogy Workshop

FamilySearch Center

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

Spike 150 Sesquicentennial Celebration Festival

Golden Spike 150

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

Train Day

This is the Place Heritage Park

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

May 10th Celebration Ceremony Broadcast

Golden Spike 150

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

1869 Golden Spike Celebration

Heber Valley Railroad

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

Hooper City Spike 150

Hooper City

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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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4th Annual Story Crossroads Festival
05-15-2019 - 05-15-2019

4th Annual Story Crossroads Festival

Story Crossroads

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Union Pacific - Free Film Screening as part of Spike 150
05-15-2019 - 05-15-2019

Union Pacific - Free Film Screening as part of Spike 150

Utah Film Center

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Read and Re(View) – Kimball Art Center’s Book Club – “The Fortunes”
05-16-2019 - 05-16-2019

Read and Re(View) – Kimball Art Center’s Book Club – “The Fortunes”

Kimball Art Center

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Copland’s Appalachian Spring & Billy the Kid
05-17-2019 - 05-18-2019

Copland’s Appalachian Spring & Billy the Kid

Utah Symphony

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10-Minute Golden Spike Operas at Brigham City Fine Arts Center
05-20-2019 - 05-20-2019

10-Minute Golden Spike Operas at Brigham City Fine Arts Center

Utah Opera

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10-Minute Golden Spike Operas at Ogden Union Station Browning Theater
05-21-2019 - 05-21-2019

10-Minute Golden Spike Operas at Ogden Union Station Browning Theater

Utah Opera

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10-Minute Golden Spike Operas at The Gallivan Center
05-22-2019 - 05-22-2019

10-Minute Golden Spike Operas at The Gallivan Center

Utah Opera

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Utah Opera: Celebration Of The Driving Of The Golden Spike
05-22-2019 - 05-22-2019

Utah Opera: Celebration Of The Driving Of The Golden Spike

Excellence in the Community

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Driving the Spike: Past to Present 1869 to 2019 Plein Air Stamping
05-28-2019 - 06-03-2019

Driving the Spike: Past to Present 1869 to 2019 Plein Air Stamping

Eccles Community Art Center

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Terrific Tuesday: Story Artist Karl Behling Presents Transcontinental Railroad
05-28-2019 - 05-28-2019

Terrific Tuesday: Story Artist Karl Behling Presents Transcontinental Railroad

Gale Center of History and Culture

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America's Railroad: A Choral Concert
05-30-2019 - 05-30-2019

America's Railroad: A Choral Concert

Waterford School

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Driving the Spike Past to Present 1869 to 2019 Themed Photography Competition Receiving
05-30-2019 - 05-31-2019

Driving the Spike Past to Present 1869 to 2019 Themed Photography Competition Receiving

Eccles Community Art Center

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The Chinese Helped Build The Railroad - The Railroad Helped Build America Exhibit
06-01-2019 - 07-01-2019

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

Golden Spike 150

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The Chinese Helped Build the Railroad -- The Railroad Helped Build America
06-01-2019 - 06-30-2019

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

Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association

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Driving the Spike: Past to Present 1869 to 2019
06-07-2019 - 06-29-2019

Driving the Spike: Past to Present 1869 to 2019

Eccles Community Art Center

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Additional Events Planned for 2019

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MARCH 25, 2019 – APRIL 25, 2019

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 the Early Light Academy in Daybreak.

View 2018-2019 Traveling Schedule

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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.

Request the Exhibit and View 2019 Traveling Schedule

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MAY 9, 2019

150th Sesquicentennial Gala Read More

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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. Read More

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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. Read More

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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. Read More

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June 6 – 9, 2019

54th Conference of the Mormon History Association The 54th conference of the Mormon History Association will be held June 6–9, 2019, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 2019 conference theme “Isolation and Integration” highlights a continuing tension in the Mormon experience and commemorates the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad and John Wesley Powell’s first Colorado River exploration. When Latter-day Saints arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in July 1847, they crossed an international boundary in search of religious liberty, something they hoped to find in the isolation of the desert expanses of northern Mexico. As MHA returns to Salt Lake City in 2019, we remember historical moments which reflect the Mormon desire for isolation as well as a corresponding pull toward integration represented by the laying of the Golden Spike in northern Utah on May 10, 1869, and, two weeks later, the beginning of Powell’s charting of the mighty Colorado. In addition, the 1869 national discussion over granting Utah women suffrage led to their becoming the first to vote in the modern nation in early 1870, pulling them into the center of the national suffrage movement. Moreover, the Mormons’ imagined sense of isolation in the Great Basin did not account for the reality of their settlements being built on land already claimed by the region’s Native American inhabitants, thus perpetuating Native American dislocation and marginalization. Read More

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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. Read More

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November 2, 2019

Crossroads Ogden Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music has commissioned modern American composer Jens Kruger for a composition based on the unique town of Ogden and its unique history as a train town for strings, brass and percussion. Premiere performance by the Kruger Brothers in concert with Chamber Orchestra Ogden and original dance by Imagine Ballet Theatre. Read More

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2019

Life Relegated: An Epic Rock Opera Deseret Experimental Opera is producing a new, interdisciplinary rock opera where audiences will be guided over a massive map of Utah, beginning at Promontory Summit, following the path of Union Pacific Railroad’s 1922 “Circle Loop Tour” of National Parks.

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2019

Spike 150 Community Celebration The Friends of Territorial Statehouse State Park will collect, compile, authenticate, tell and record railroad stories and histories within the boundary of the Utah Territory.

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2019

Digital Exploration of the Transcontinental Railroad Preservation Utah is developing a self-guided tour of sites and their history along a portion of the historic Transcontinental Railroad in Utah.

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2019

The Chinese Railroad Workers Names and Faces Film Project Spy Hop Productions and the Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association will produce a short film that honors the nameless and faceless Chinese workers of the Transcontinental Railroad.

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2019

Transcontinental Railroad from a Mountain Man’s Point of View: Celebrating the Cultures that Made it Possible through Stories Story Crossroads will commission professional Storyteller Karl Behling to share two performances as if he were a Mountain Man observing and connecting with the different cultures of people responsible for the development and building of the Transcontinental Railroad.

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2019

Remember the Rails Tooele Valley Railroad Museum is adding interpretive panels to their park that provide the history of the railroad and describe their new “Remember the Rails” Historic Walk.

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2019

Spike 150 Commemorative Mural The Utah Arts Alliance, in conjunction with their Mural Fest, will create a large scale public art mural on one of the walls that line the S-Line corridor in South Salt Lake, which will be dedicated to the Transcontinental Railroad and the transportation legacy and role it played in impacting the city’s industry, infrastructure, and social and economic impact.

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2019

Through the Lens The Utah Film Center, KUER, Radiowest and Utah Film Commission will provide a free film screening of the historic Union Pacific Film, a radio interview, and post film discussion by a local expert.

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2019

Transcontinental Railroad Radio Documentary Utah Public Radio will be creating a sound-rich documentary for radio, web, and podcast that documents the history and progress of the Transcontinental Railroad.

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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 Kindergarten – 8th Graders Lessons, activities and resources to help students discover the engineering triumphs that propelled westward expansion. Read More

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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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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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