Building of Transcontinental Railroad celebrated

LEOMINSTER — With the tap of a sledgehammer to a golden spike on May 10, 1869, in Promontory, Utah, a continent was united. A journey that once took months to complete by wagon across the plains or by ship around South America could now be completed in less than a week. The milestone was announced by telegraph, flashing the single-word message "Done" across the country in what was widely regarded as one of the nation's first media events.

To celebrate the event's 150th anniversary, Leominster Public Library is hosting "The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental," an exhibit organized by the Chinese Historical Society of America and the Chinese Railroad Workers Project at Stanford University.

On Wednesday, June 5, at 7 p.m., the library welcomes speaker Anthony W. Lee, professor of art history at Mount Holyoke College, who will present "Early Chinese Migrants in Massachusetts." In 1870, the newly completed transcontinental railroad offered a chance for New England manufacturers to advertise for a different kind of factory labor, less prone to the enticements of labor unions, and for Chinese workers to head eastward for opportunity and adventure.

Lee's talk will focus on the first instance of the phenomenon of Chinese migrancy in Massachusetts, exploring mutual needs and desires between industrialists and their hired hands, and using rare photographs to tell the story. For more information, call 978-534-7522.


Library hosts chance to join new project of Revolving Museum

FITCHBURG — Join Fitchburg Public Library on Tuesday, June 4, from 6 to 8 p.m., to create poetry for the Revolving Museum's new project, "The Public Art Poetry Mobile & Gallery."

The Revolving Museum's public art project creatively transforms a 1952 Ford pickup truck and 16-foot flat-bed trailer into a gallery for art, poetry, performances and workshop opportunities designed for the public.

The project will showcase the talents of hundreds of students from Fitchburg High School, Sizer School and Longsjo Middle School, as well as dozens of under-served local artists, poets and community members. It will travel from June to November throughout Massachusetts and other New England communities, making planned and spontaneous stops at schools, festivals, parks, museums, art galleries, downtowns and under-utilized public spaces.

The project will also invite members of the public to create their own poems and artworks that will be displayed on the museum's website and socia-media outlets.

The art/poetry mobile will sell merchandise made by students and artists, including T-shirts, caps, poetry books, paintings and other collectibles. Proceeds will help fund the ongoing project and Revolving Museum youth programs throughout the year. It is a free program.

For information about this or other library programs, call 978-829-1780 or visit

Enjoy a day canoeing with family on Wildlife Pond

PRINCETON — A family canoe on Wildlife Pond will be held Saturday, June 22, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Road.

Look for wood ducks, bullfrogs and kingfishers, and learn about wetlands habitats on the guided paddle of Wachusett Meadow's Wildlife Pond. Canoes, paddles and personal flotation devices will be provided. Thd event is open to families with children ages 5 and up. For more information and to register, call 978-464-2712.

Boys & Girls Club plans workshop for resumes, interviews

The boys & Girls Club of Leominster and Fitchburg will host a free Resume & Interview Skills Workshop on Sunday, June 23, from noon to 4 p.m.

Bring your resume or build one at the event. Refreshments will be provided.

The presenter is Natascha Saunders, MBA, M.S., a certified career coach from Harvard.

Pre-register at The club is at 365 Lindell Ave., Leominster.