May 10, 2019 will mark the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah. Utah State University Libraries and the Utah State Division of History have partnered to create an exhibition series entitled, A World Transformed: the Transcontinental Railroad and Utah. This series serves as a broad overview of the creation, completion and aftermath of the rail. Making clear the Utahan contributions of investment, surveying, and labor.The railroad brought significant cultural, economic, and environmental changes. Utah became more connected both economically and culturally with the rest of the nation. In the large version of the exhibit personal stories of Irish and Chinese laborers will be highlighted by artifacts from the USU Museum of Anthropology and Golden Spike National Historic Park. All exhibit formats draw upon the many rich historical resources held by different institutions across not only Utah but the entire United States including photographs, maps, art, and lithographs.
A World Transformed is a smaller version of an exhibit that will be displayed across Utah in 2019 and 2020. This bookable small version consists of large framed photographs and text panels. The experience of which can be enhanced by the partner digital and large exhibits. Contact Fletcher Booth (firstname.lastname@example.org) to book the small exhibit for both the 2018-19 and 2019-2020 sessions.
- Large Exhibit Locations: https://spike150.
- Digital Exhibit (with lesson plans) available at exhibits.usu.edu
- Press Release: https://www.usu.edu/
- Educational Materials
2018-2019 Traveling Schedule
Tooele Junior High, Mar 13 – Apr 15, 2018
Western Mining and Railroad Museum, Helper, Apr 25 – May 30