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Return to Gold Mountain 2019

Rediscovering the Path of the Chinese Railroad Workers - Teacher Workshop

We invite teachers from the K-12 classroom to join us this fall for Return to Gold Mountain: Historic Tour and Teacher Workshop a professional learning opportunity that takes teachers into the High Sierras to see iconic sites of the Chinese Railroad Workers who built the first Transcontinental Railroad. 2019 marks the 150th Anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, an opportune moment for this tour.

The History Project will lead additional professional learning sessions to support teachers in implementing learning from the tour, included in the cost of the tour. 

  • Background readings
  • October 1, 4:30-6:30 PST: pre-trip webinar featuring scholar talk by UC Davis Historian, Cecilia Tsu on the history of the Chinese Railroad Workers
  • Teacher leader led workshops during the tour with strategies to examine primary and secondary sources
  • November 14, 4:30-6:30 PST: post-trip webinar to complete the educational program and share learning
  • Certificate for 20 professional learning hours or optionally purchase 2-quarter Continuing Education Units for $120

*Note: The tour and educational workshops will be familiar to teachers who have participated in our NEH Transcontinental Railroad Landmarks Workshop. However, new stops along the way, the overnight stay in Reno, and the train ride home will be additions beyond the trip we take during the Landmarks Workshop.

1882 Foundation

Historic Tour Information - Read the Tour Brochure

Hosts: 1882 Foundation, US China Railroad Friendship Association

Dates: October 12-13, 2019
Route: Leaving the California State Railroad Museum (CSRM) by bus at 9am on Saturday, stopping at historical sites along the way to Donner Summit where we'll take a hike to explore the Tunnels and China Wall, before traveling to Reno, Nevada to stay overnight. Returning on Sunday via train to CSRM where workshop for teachers will conclude at 4pm. 
Package Price: $250, includes two boxed lunches, transportation, hotel (double occupancy), tour guide, teacher workshops. 
Single Occupancy Option: an additional $50 for your own room.

Registration for the Teacher Workshop and Tour requires two parts, both of which will be found when you click "Register Now" below.

  1. Completion of the the Teacher Workshop Registration Form 
  2. Submitting Registration and Payment to the US-China Railroad Friendship Association

Registration Deadline October 5, 2019 

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