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Windows in Time Lecture Series Presents: "Persistence: Chinese Labor and the Southern Oregon Railroads"

by Kyna Moser on 2020-11-18T12:20:59-08:00 in Local Research, History | Comments

Medford, Oregon (November 18, 2020)—Historian Larry Mullaly presents “Persistence: Chinese Labor and the Southern Oregon Railroads” on Wednesday, December 2 from 12 Noon–1:00 p.m. via the Zoom video conferencing app. All are welcome to attend this free lecture, registration required.

Mullaly will blend photographs and contemporary accounts into the story of the Chinese workers who helped bring railroads to Southern Oregon in the 1880s. Set against a social background of anti-Chinese sentiment, two major railroad companies pitted thousands of Chinese workers into the effort to join the Pacific Coast's two major railroads at the Oregon-California border. This epic, five-year struggle was among the last of the great Chinese building projects of the Far West.

Larry Mullaly is a retired educator and has written extensively on western railroad topics. He is co-author of The Southern Pacific in Los Angeles, 1873-1996.

Program registration can be found at A recording of the program will later be made available on the Jackson County Library Services YouTube channel; subscribe at

The monthly Windows in Time lunchtime lectures feature well-known writers and historians, and bring alive the people, values, and events that shaped our Southern Oregon heritage. Lectures are jointly sponsored by the Southern Oregon Historical Society (SOHS) and Jackson County Library Services. For more information, please contact the Southern Oregon Historical Society at (541) 773-6536 or or Jackson County Library Services at 541-774-8679 or

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