150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD
2019 ROSE PARADE FLOAT COMMEMORATES 150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD,
KICKSTARTING YEARLONG “HARMONY THROUGH UNION” PROGRAM OF SPECIAL EVENTS AND EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUM ACROSS USA
CAHF's Harmony Through Union float, a dynamic reenactment of the momentous event when the Transcontinental Railroad was completed on May 10, 1869, will traverse along the Rose Parade route on January 1, 2019, kicking off a yearlong program of special events and educational curriculum, focusing on the contributions of immigrants to the development of the United States through their work on the Transcontinental Railroad. The railroad linked the east and west coasts of America, providing infrastructure that united the nation geographically, economically, historically, and symbolically following the divisive Civil War. President Lincoln effectively used the capital project of the Transcontinental Railroad as a way to bring the country together, with former Confederate soldiers working alongside former slaves, and immigrants of Irish, German, and Greek descent working in concert with Chinese laborers. The perseverant and tenacious workforce was composed of over 14,000 Chinese railroad workers, with 80% of those on the Central Pacific Railroad hailing originally from the Pearl River Delta in China.
Golden Spike Chinese Genealogy Workshop ( free), May 9 & May 11, 2019 Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah hosted by and held at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City - here is a press release & the online registration link:
Also, if anybody plans on not registering ($600) for the Golden Spike Conference, there is still a lot to see, but if you have your own rental car and want to be at the celebration event at Promontory Point on May 10 - you will need to buy tickets for the event & for parking beforehand: