Union Pacific Railroad Offers Free Educational History Toolkit
Kit Tells Story Behind Building of Transcontinental Railroad and Its Impact on U.S. History
Omaha, Neb., August 14, 2012 As part of its 150th anniversary celebration, Union Pacific Railroad introduced an engaging new teacher's resource kit as a tool to help students learn the history of America's first transcontinental railroad. Completed in 1869, the transcontinental railroad connected the west to the east and opened it for development and commerce. The teacher's resource kit will help educators meet national standards for history and social studies courses for grades 3-8.
"Because Union Pacific's history is so closely tied to American history, and with so many schools on a tight budget, we believe our 150th anniversary is the perfect time to provide a free educational resource for teachers," said Donna Kush, Union Pacific assistant vice president – Corporate Communications. "Students will especially enjoy how the story of the transcontinental railroad's construction comes to life with stereo card reproductions and 3-D viewers for an engaging experience."
Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act in 1862, creating Union Pacific and authorizing construction of the transcontinental railroad. Union Pacific began building to the west in Omaha, Neb., where the railroad's headquarters remains today.
The teacher's resource kit details the railroad industry's challenges and accomplishments during construction. Once completed, the transcontinental railroad reduced the journey across the country from four-to-six months to just one week.
Developed by the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, the resource includes:
- 10 Andrew Russell stereo card reproductions from the Union Pacific collection;
- A plastic stereo card viewer to experience the 3-D effect;
- Materials in textbook-style reading;
- Suggested additional student reading and informational websites;
- A foldout poster depicting the iconic photograph of the completion of the transcontinental railroad.
Educators can order a teacher's resource kit by submitting an online request form.
For more Union Pacific history, visit the company's 150th anniversary timeline.
About Union Pacific
It was 150 years ago that Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act of July 1, 1862, creating the original Union Pacific. One of America's iconic companies, today Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP), linking 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail and providing freight solutions and logistics expertise to the global supply chain. From 2000 through 2011, Union Pacific spent more than $31 billion on its network and operations, making needed investments in America's infrastructure and enhancing its ability to provide safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and emphasizes excellent customer service. Union Pacific operates competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways.
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