Union Pacific to be Exclusive Sponsor of Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition at Library of Congress

UP Celebrates the Life and Vision of Lincoln, Father of the Transcontinental Railroad

Omaha, Neb., November 20, 2008 – Union Pacific will be the exclusive sponsor of the Abraham Lincoln bicentennial exhibition, which opens at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., February 12, 2009, in celebration of Lincoln's 200th birthday.  America's 16th president, Lincoln was a great railroad advocate and is considered the father of the transcontinental railroad.  He signed the Pacific Railroad Act into law in 1862, directing the construction of the nation's first transcontinental railroad and creating Union Pacific.

"With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition" will provide the general public an opportunity to view rarely seen treasures from the Library of Congress collections. Union Pacific has agreed to loan to the exhibition a rocking chair from Lincoln's office and a silk banner from his funeral procession from the Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

"The heritage of the railroad is one of the most fascinating and inspiring for many Americans," said Bob Turner, Union Pacific senior vice president, corporate relations. "Lincoln's actions were the most significant events of 19th century American history, uniting the North and South through the civil war and the East and the West through the transcontinental railroad. His vision nearly 150 years ago to build a transcontinental railroad paved the way for what today is the safest, most efficient and environmentally friendly mode of ground freight transportation in our country. We are proud to sponsor this bicentennial exhibition."
In addition to the items loaned by the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, the exhibition will include a vast array of Lincoln material including letters, photographs, political cartoons, period engravings, speeches and artifacts. Some specific collection items to be displayed include:

  • The notes Lincoln prepared in advance of his debates with Senator Stephen Douglas;
  • Lincoln's personal scrapbook of newspaper clippings; 
  • The critical letter Lincoln wrote but never sent to General George Meade following the Battle of Gettysburg; 
  • The Lincoln family Bible; and
  • The contents of Lincoln's pockets on the night he was assassinated.

The exhibition will be on display at Library of Congress through May 9, 2009, after which it will travel to five U.S. cities: Sacramento, Calif., at The California Museum in spring/summer 2009; Chicago at the Newberry Library in fall 2009; Indianapolis at the Indiana State Museum in winter/spring 2010; Atlanta at the Atlanta History Center in fall 2010; and Omaha at the Durham Museum in winter 2011.

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America's premier rail franchise.

About the Library of Congress

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions.  Many of the Library's rich resources can be accessed through its Web site at www.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a new, personalized Web site at myLOC.gov.

For further information, contact Tom Lange, (402) 544-3560.

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