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Connecting a Nation: The Men and Women Who Built the Transcontinental Railr...

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May 10, 1869 marks the 150th anniversary of the laying of the “Golden Spike” and the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad at Promontory, Utah. The railroad had profound implications and significance in the history of the country—reducing a six-month journey from New York to Sacramento to just a few weeks—not to mention the technical and engineering innovations that developed from its construction. The railroad would not have been possible without a determined labor force. Join us for a discussion on those who laid the rails and unsaddled the “Iron Horse.”

Rails to Rockets: A Series
This spring and summer we’ll commemorate two milestone anniversaries—the creation of a transcontinental railroad (150 years ago) and the moon landing (50 years ago)—that connected us, moved us, and broadened our horizons. Purchase series ticket and save! Single tickets are $10 per program or $20 for the three-part series. See all programs in the series.


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