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Teacher Workshop – Building the Transcontinental Railroad: The Chinese Experience
December 2, 2017 @ 9:00 am1:00 pm

11/28/17 Update: This workshop has been CANCELLED. Please contact for more information.

Celebrated as a technical marvel in its day, the first transcontinental railroad was constructed from 1863 to 1869, due largely to the contributions of Chinese workers who cut through the mountains and deserts of the American West. Thousands of men migrated from China to seek fortunes in the gold mines of California but, instead, mainly found work building the transcontinental railroads. They experienced racism, lower wages, and difficult working conditions.

This workshop focuses on art and curriculum resources to incorporate this often overlooked history of Chinese laborers into the classroom.

The Workshop Includes:

Workshop Leaders:

  • Margit E. McGuire, PhD, author of the Storypath Curriculum and Professor of Teacher Education at Seattle University.
  • Samantha Kelly, Director of Education and Community Engagement, Tacoma Art Museum

Cost:  $60

Registration is required. 

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Above: Zhi LinChinaman’s Chance” on Promontory Summit: Golden Spike Celebration, 12:30 pm, 10th May 1869, 2014. HD video projection and painted granite ballast with a surround sound environment. Courtesy of the artist and Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Seattle.