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THROUGH TOIL AND LABOR:

THE FORGOTTEN HISTORY OF UTAH'S CHINESE RAILROAD WORKERS

2019-07-03 19:00:00 2019-07-03 20:30:00 America/Denver THROUGH TOIL AND LABOR: Anderson-Foothill Branch

Wednesday, July 03
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Add to Calendar 2019-07-03 19:00:00 2019-07-03 20:30:00 America/Denver THROUGH TOIL AND LABOR: Art Reception Anderson-Foothill Branch

Art Reception

Exhibit runs from July 3—August 1

ARTIST STATEMENT

Through Toil and Labor: The Forgotten History of Utah’s Chinese Railroad Workers will provide insight to the daily lives and culture of these laborers as they brought the Central Pacific railroad over the Sierra Nevada mountains and across the Great Basin desert. 

With the ceremonial completion of the United States’ first Transcontinental Railroad on May 10, 1869, the nation entered a new age of commerce and travel. The momentous meeting of the rails at Promontory Summit, Utah, meant goods and services could now move across the country in quantities and at speeds previously unknown. Key to this massive effort to connect the nation were the contributions of thousands of immigrant workers from around the globe.

Chinese immigrants composed over 75 percent of the Transcontinental Railroad workforce between 1865 and 1869, numbering more than 11,000 by its completion. These Chinese laborers, mostly young men ages 15-25, left their families and homes in China to seek new economic opportunities. The contributions of these Chinese railroad workers to Utah and the United States are slowly becoming better known.

Through photographs, historical documents, and excavated fragments of imported Chinese ceramics, this exhibition shows the unique history of the Transcontinental Railroad’s Chinese workers in Utah and share what’s been learned from the artifacts they left behind.

ARTIST BIO

Utah Arts & Museums seeks to advance the quality of life for all through arts and museum experiences and cultural opportunities. The Division provides more than 500 outreach services, including arts education, professional development, exhibitions, community outreach, and direct matching grants to schools, local arts agencies, organizations, community centers, performing groups, museums, and individuals across Utah.

The Division acts as a state coordinator and advisor on topics of importance to arts and museums communities. The Division also manages the state’s art assets for fine art, folk art, public art, and traveling exhibitions, reaching every county in the state. Utah Arts & Museums is the primary agency in Utah that distributes state and federal funds to stimulate and encourage growth in the creative industries. The funds are appropriated directly for arts and museums by both the Utah State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. We are a division of the Department of Heritage and Arts (DHA), within the state government of Utah, responsible for the promotion of the arts and Utah museums. We include the Arts & Culture Business Alliance, Utah Office of Museum Services Board and the Utah Arts Council Board. Our goals are to:

  • Promote the value and impact of our cultural community
  • Ensure access, inclusion, diversity and equity
  • Foster sustainable organizations that support community needs
  • Serve as a statewide resource hub
  • Align the organization to fulfill our vision
  • Communicate agency identity

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is a state agency involved in public funding for arts and museums. As a public entity, it reserves the right to make final decisions on the use of public funds for projects, programs, acquisitions, commissions, or other activities as deemed appropriate by the Division and/or Board.

AGE GROUP:   All Ages  

EVENT TYPE:   Arts & Creativity  

TAGS:   Art Reception  

Anderson-Foothill Branch

Phone: 801-594-8611

Hours
We're closed Wednesday July 24
Mon, Jul 22 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Jul 23 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Jul 24 Closed
Thu, Jul 25 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Jul 26 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Jul 27 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sun, Jul 28 Closed


About the library

The pleasing design of the Anderson-Foothill Branch has two unique elements as part of its plan. The first is a passive solar energy design that includes earth berming, window placement for solar heating, and zone supplemental heating/cooling. The second element of this 14,900 square foot community library built in 1985, expanded in 1992 and in 2002, is a modular design.

The Anderson-Foothill Branch has a meeting room available for public use with tables, chairs, and a projector screen. The Anderson-Foothill Branch's outdoor amphitheater is a popular location for summer concerts. Free parking is available to the north and south of the building, and free wi-fi access is provided throughout the library.

Upcoming events

Tue, Jul 23, 10:15am - 10:40am
Meeting Room

Tue, Jul 23, 11:00am - 11:30am
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Tue, Jul 23, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Outdoor Amphitheater

Thu, Jul 25, 10:15am - 10:40am
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Thu, Jul 25, 11:00am - 11:30am
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Thu, Jul 25, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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Thu, Jul 25, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
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Thu, Jul 25, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
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Sat, Jul 27, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
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Mon, Jul 29, 10:00am - 11:00am
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Mon, Jul 29, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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Registration is now closed

Tue, Jul 30, 10:15am - 10:40am
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Tue, Jul 30, 11:00am - 11:30am
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Tue, Jul 30, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Outdoor Amphitheater

Wed, Jul 31, 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Wed, Jul 31, 4:00pm - 4:25pm
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Wed, Jul 31, 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Outdoor Amphitheater

Thu, Aug 01, 10:15am - 10:45am
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Thu, Aug 01, 11:00am - 11:30am
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Thu, Aug 01, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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Thu, Aug 01, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
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Sat, Aug 03, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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Sat, Aug 03, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
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Mon, Aug 05, 10:00am - 11:00am
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Mon, Aug 05, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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Registration is now closed

Tue, Aug 06, 10:15am - 10:45am
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Tue, Aug 06, 11:00am - 11:30am
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Tue, Aug 06, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
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Wed, Aug 07, 10:00am - 11:30am
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Wed, Aug 07, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
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Wed, Aug 07, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
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Wed, Aug 07, 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Outdoor Amphitheater

Thu, Aug 08, 10:15am - 10:45am
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Thu, Aug 08, 11:00am - 11:30am
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Thu, Aug 08, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
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Sat, Aug 10, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Outdoor Amphitheater

Mon, Aug 12, 10:00am - 11:00am
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Mon, Aug 12, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
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Tue, Aug 13, 10:15am - 10:45am
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Tue, Aug 13, 11:00am - 11:30am
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Tue, Aug 13, 11:00am - 11:30am

Wed, Aug 14, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
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Wed, Aug 14, 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Outdoor Amphitheater

Thu, Aug 15, 10:15am - 10:45am
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Thu, Aug 15, 11:00am - 11:30am
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Thu, Aug 15, 11:00am - 11:30am

Thu, Aug 15, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
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Thu, Aug 15, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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Fri, Aug 16, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Teen Area

Mon, Aug 19, 10:00am - 11:00am
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Tue, Aug 20, 10:15am - 10:45am
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Tue, Aug 20, 11:00am - 11:30am
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Wed, Aug 21, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
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Thu, Aug 22, 10:15am - 10:45am
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Thu, Aug 22, 11:00am - 11:30am
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Thu, Aug 22, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
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Registration opens Thursday, August 29 2019 at 9:00am

Thu, Aug 22, 7:00pm - 8:30pm