Program & Events

Opening Ceremony

May 15, 2015, California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento

2015 will mark the 150th anniversary of the contributions of Chinese immigrants to the building of our first transcontinental railroad. In celebration of the Chinese immigrants’ contributions, APAPA, California Center, Shandong Film Association along with two honorary hosts Union Pacific and California Railroad Museum will organize a series of events. The Opening Ceremony and Celebration Gala will take place at the California Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento on May 15, 2015, 5:30PM – 9:00PM.

In 1865, Chinese workers were enlisted by the Central Pacific Railroad to lead in the building of the most challenging section of the transcontinental railroad up and over the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The Transcontinental Railroad was completed in 1869. It united California and the other western states to the eastern part of the country. With the new opened markets in the east, there was rapid growth in California's agricultural production which was later followed by industrial growth.

During the Opening Ceremony, the documentary film “The Silent Spike” will be shown. Shandong TV Media Group production spent a decade to produce this inspiring movie. The ten minute film is a historic story about Chinese railroad workers, who used their skills and ingenuity to build fifteen tunnels going from Nevada into Utah.

The unveiling of the Monument model will take place that same evening. The monument will be built at Gold Run to recognize and memorialize those Chinese workers who lost their lives during the railroad construction. Chinese Railroad Historical Photos will also be available for viewing.

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