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May 28, 2019


State Archives Speaker Series: A Legacy in Brick & Iron - Sacramento’s Central & Southern Pacific Railroad Shops

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Archives Speaker Series continues Thursday, May 30, 2019 with speaker Mary A. Helmich, who will be discussing their most recent work, “Legacy in Brick & Iron: Sacramento’s Central & Southern Pacific Railroad Shops,” co-authored with Kevin V. Bunker. The book, which describes the history of the Central and Southern Pacific Railroad shops before the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, focuses on the wide variety of industries, innovations, and jobs performed by railroad workers, capturing the evolution of the city’s industry and the implications of this history beyond the Sacramento region.

About the Speaker
Interpreting and preserving California’s past for present and future generations has been a focus of Mary A. Helmich’s personal and professional life for more than 40 years. While at the California State Archives for 10 years and California State Parks for 26, she researched, planned and developed exhibits, authored interpretive plans, histories, reports and web content. She coordinated special activities around the state to commemorate the 150th anniversaries of California’s War with Mexico, the gold discovery at Coloma, Gold Rush, and Statehood (including Capitol Park’s Admission Day festival in 2000). She has served on several non-profit boards, most recently the California State Railroad Museum Foundation, and continues to consult on history-related projects and programs.

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California State Archives Speaker Series


Mary A. Helmich


Thursday, May 30, 2019
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm (Talk begins at 5:15 pm)
Link to RSVP


California State Archives
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814


Tamara Martin - State Archives, (916) 653-7715
Sam Mahood - Secretary of State, (916) 653-6575


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