Free Virtual Adult Programs

Join us on Zoom for a variety of historical presentations. These programs are totally free, you just need to register. 

Saturday, October 9: Working on the Railroad - Steam into Saturday Virtual Happy Hour

5:30pm Central Time

What does it mean to work on the railroad and who has done it through time. Join us as we explore some of the intriguing portraits of railroad workers in the UP collection. How did they work, play, and live through history?

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Saturday, October 23: Riding the Rails Yesterday and Today - Steam into Saturday Virtual Happy Hour

5:30pm Central Time 

Have you ever taken the train? We invite you to share your memories, photos, and souvenirs with us as we compare and contrast the travel experiences of today and long ago.  

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Tuesday, October 26: Stationary Streamliners: Modernist Railroad Passenger Stations in North America, 1929 to 1965 - Virtual Presentation

6:00pm Central Time

Join architectural historian Adam Alsobrook for an in-depth look at the Streamline Moderne style of railroad passenger stations. This program will consist of two sections: the first section will provide historical context and a broad overview of Modernist railroad passenger stations built in the United States and Canada between 1929 and 1965. The second section will include a closer look at several selected Modernist railroad passenger stations, especially those constructed by the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific. 

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Saturday, November 6: A Mustache History of the Railroad - Steam into Saturday Virtual Happy Hour

5:30pm Central Time 

Do people still do No-Shave November? Either way, let's take a look at the shaving (or not shaving) habits of the past. We'll look at facial hair trends over the years and how they show up among workers on the Railroad.  

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Wednesday, November 17: Ghosts of Gold Mountain: Chinese Building the Transcontinental Railroad - Virtual Presentation

6:00pm Central Time

In conjunction with our new temporary exhibit at the museum exploring the history of organized labor on the railroad the Union Pacific Museum is pleased to host historian Gordon H. Chang for the virtual presentation: Ghosts of Gold Mountain: Chinese Building the Transcontinental Railroad.

Though constituting 90% of the labor force on the western portion of the line and credited with carrying the burden of its construction, Chinese workers faded into the shadows of history over time. This talk will speak to the historical neglect and share insights into their experience gained from a decade of research and the publication of his book, Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad. 

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