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Railroad museum features history lecture

The Nevada State Railroad Museum at Carson City, Nev., invites the public to a free program discussing the Chinese American railroad workers who helped open the American west.

“I’ve Been Workin’ for the Railroad: Chinese Americans and the Building of the American Railroads” features UNLV history professor Dr. Sue Fawn Chung. The program is scheduled at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 at the museum.

Chung received her bachelor’s degree from UCLA, writing her honors thesis under Roger Daniels on Chinese Americans. She received her master’s degree from Harvard University and her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley in East Asian history and art history. She began teaching at UNLV in 1975. She currently is working on a book about the Chinese American railroad workers and their careers in spin-off occupations, such as lumbering.



Chung is a member of the Nevada Board of Museums and History, an advisor to Preserve Nevada, a member of the Board of Advisors and Diversity Council of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a consultant to the U.S. Forest Service Humboldt-Toiyabe archaeological excavations of two Chinese American sites in Nevada dating from the last 19th century. She will appear briefly in the 2003 American Experience PBS series on the building of the Central Pacific Railroad.

The Nevada State Railroad Museum operates steam-ups with historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad equipment on selected weekend throughout the year. The first steam-up in 2003 will take place on Armed Forces Day, May 17. The museum is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is located on Route 3395 at the south end of Carson City at the intersection of Fairview Avenue. Look for the yellow train station and red water tank at the entrance to the museum grounds. For more information contact John Frink at (775) 687-6953.




The Nevada State Railroad Museum is one of seven managed by the State Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs. The department serves Nevada’s citizens and visitors through cultural and information management, presentation and promotion of cultural resources and education. The department also includes the State Office of Historic Preservation, Nevada State Library and Archives, Nevada Arts Council, Comstock Historic Commission, Literacy Coalition, Advisory Committee on Participatory Democracy and Commission for Cultural Affairs.

For more information call Bob Harmon at (775) 687-8323 or visit the department’s Web site at NevadaCulture.org.


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