Lecture, Partner Event     

1882 Project Celebration: Beyond the Transcontinental Railroad

Free and open to the public

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
7PM – 8:30PM

  • Free
  • Researchers
  • Teachers

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205
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Event Type: Lecture, Partner EventAudience(s): Researchers, TeachersLocation: Portland

This year commemorates the 150th anniversary of the completion of America’s First Transcontinental Railroad.  This feat would not have been possible without Chinese laborers who carved their way through the treacherous Sierra Nevada mountains to reach Promontory Summit in Utah.  Dale Hom shares insights about this monumental achievement, the challenges they faced, and what now lies ahead to honor the legacy of these Chinese pioneers.  He’ll also share regional stories of their bitter strength that shaped the early settlement on the Western Frontier.

Dale Hom spent 36 years with the US Forest Service working on national forests in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.  He spearheaded numerous projects to interpret Chinese heritage resources on public lands.  Dale has published two graphic novels about the Asian American experience, Walk Don’t Run: Growing Up Asian in Seattle, and Walk Tall Y’All: Feeling Grumpy in Transmogrified Seattle.  Dale and his spouse Rebecca reside in Walla Walla, WA.

The Chinese American Citizens Alliance, established in 1895, is among the oldest civil rights, continuous organizations in the United States.  Headquartered in San Francisco with membership-based chapter/lodges in Albuquerque (NM), Boston (MA), Chicago (IL), Greater San Gabriel Valley (CA), Greater New York (NY), Houston (TX), Las Vegas (NV), Los Angeles (CA), Mississippi, Oakland (CA), Orange County (CA), Peninsula (CA), Portland (OR), Phoenix (AZ), Salinas (CA), San Antonio (TX), San Francisco (CA), Seattle (WA) and Washington, D.C., the Alliance addresses issues regarding voter education, political participation, racial discrimination and hate crimes, and supports youth leadership development and equal employment opportunities for all Chinese Americans. The Portland Lodge was founded in 1921.  Its mission is three-fold, to develop leadership, serve the community, and promote civil rights. Please visit its website, cacaportland.com for more information.  
Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

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