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Special | High Mountains, Deep Roots

Utah’s history is as deep as its mountains are tall. Meet the great-granddaughter of a Chinese transcontinental railroad worker fighting to make her family’s story heard, learn the history of Wasatch Mountain Club, whose members have traversed the peaks & valleys of the Wasatch since 1920, and meet the sculptor tasked with creating a larger-than-life bronze of Utah’s own Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon.

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Special Premieres February 10 at 7:00 PM

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Golden Spike and the History of Chinese Railroad Workers

The transcontinental railroad was a monumental achievement, built in part by the labor of Chinese railroad workers. Meet Margaret Yee, the great-granddaughter of one of those railroad workers, and the chairperson of Descendants of Chinese Railroad Workers, a group that is working to make sure the contributions of Chinese Americans to the railroad effort are not forgotten.

Wasatch Mountain Club

The Wasatch Mountain Club traces its history back to 1920, when a group of individuals passionate about recreating in and preserving Utah’s pristine outdoor spaces decided to make it official. The group’s goals include promoting the physical and spiritual wellbeing of its members, spreading awareness of the scientific and intrinsic beauty of Utah, and actively preserving wildlife and nature. Celebrating 100 years of passion, the Wasatch Mountain Club continues to explore the state we call home.

Cas in Utah

Martha Hughes Cannon was a suffragist, medical doctor, and the first female State Senator in the U.S. — and soon, she’ll stand as a symbol of Utah's pioneering spirit in the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. Utah County-based sculptor Ben Hammond was tasked with creating a larger-than-life bronze work of Dr. Cannon, in collaboration with the Baer Bronze Fine Art Foundry in Springville.

Supported By

Willard L. Eccles
Utah Life Elevated
Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation

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