The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental is a new portable exhibit providing a historical overview of the Chinese railroad workers who were instrumental in building the United States’ first Transcontinental Railroad. Utilizing graphic panels, the exhibit features historical and contemporary photos, illustrations, stories of descendants of the workers, and bilingual Chinese/English text written by Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University (CRRW).

Produced by the CHSA Museum and the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University (CRRW)

Golden Spike 150th Anniversary

May 10, 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the completion of the U.S. Transcontinental Railroad. To celebrate this milestone, The Chinese and the Iron Road exhibit is now touring at these locations:

  • Leominster Public Library, Leominster MA: June 10 to July 10, 2019
  • San Jose State University Martin Luther King Library, San Jose, CA: Apr. 22 to May 31, 2019
  • Homecrest Community Services, Inc., Brooklyn NY: April 19-20, 2019
  • Golden Spike Conference, Summit Co. Library, Utah: April 1-30, 2019
  • Locke Foundation, Locke CA: Sept. 2018-Apr. 10, 2019
  • Other venues & dates TBA

This traveling exhibit is available for loan. Please contact us to inquire about exhibiting The Chinese and the Iron Road.

Exhibit Photos:

Gordon Chang, Ph.D
Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Ph.D
Sue Lee
Eve Simister

Amy Lam

George Qiao
Ruei-bin Wu
Tzu-ching Yeh

Special thanks:
Teri Hessel
Hsinya Huang
Li Ju
Richard Koenig
Hilton Obenzinger, Ph.D
Gabriel Wolfenstein, Ph.D
Pam Wong

Sponsored by:
StanfordCRRWProject-headerChina International Book Trading CorporationGuanxi Normal University PressSterling Bank & TrustStanford University Office of Community Engagement