Historical & Technical Society
2015 Annual Conference
The Southern Pacific Historical & Technical Society's Annual Convention this year will celebrate 150 years of SP history since the corporation's founding in 1865. Sacramento is the perfect location to host this anniversary event for several reasons. Southern Pacific's General Shop Complex was the leading economic force in the Sacramento Valley for more than 50 years, the 1926-built depot and division office building survives and is currently being renovated, and the California State Railroad Museum houses the most historically significant SP artifacts and rolling stock. You guessed right; CSRM will be a focal point of the anniversary with celebrations held at the museum on Friday afternoon and evening. Plans are underway to transition the convention to CSRM after lunch on Friday with shuttle busses running throughout the day between the hotel and museum. Afternoon presentations will continue in CSRM's two theater rooms while special "behind-the-scenes" tours of the history museum and the SP shop complex are offered. It's the hope of the convention chairmen to feature an exclusive presentation at CSRM called "150 Years of Southern Pacific Pride" by society member Shirley Burman featuring her photography and images from the late Dunscomb Award Recipient Richard Steinheimer. After the museum closes to the general public, convention attendees will celebrate the 150th anniversary with comments from former SP executives, CSRM staff, and society directors. We will charter a special train of historic SP passenger equipment led by E9A 6051 to pull our anniversary train over a portion of the Walnut Grove Branch. Afterwards, our panel of "old timers" will be sharing stories in the theater. There will also be an extra-fare night photo shoot organized by professional photographer and society member Steve Crise.
Additional presentations, a strong presence of vendors, a program for spouses, and additional tours are being organized for your enjoyment. We will have additional information on these events and a complete list of presentations in the next newsletter. Mark your calendar for October 7-11.
We'd like to emphasize this anniversary convention is being prepared to celebrate a corporation that hasn't existed for more than 18 years, and we hope you'll decide to join us in Sacramento to help preserve the legacy of the Southern Pacific. You may not have another opportunity like this again, so consider booking your hotel reservations now and tell your friends you plan to journey to Sacramento for the party! The Double Tree Hotel phone number is 800-686-3775 and tell the receptionist you're with the Southern Pacific group to take advantage of our special rate of $105 per night.