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Building of the Transcontinental Railroad : Uniting a Country (Free Program)

One day, in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln sitting at his desk in the White House in Washington DC , signed a document that fixed the eastern terminus of the proposed rail route at Omaha, Nebraska Territory. Within a short time dirt was flying in Nebraska and California. Thousands of workers, large numbers of teams, many supply trains, and vast quantities of equipment and supplies were employed in caring this stupendous project forward. Each month the gap between the two construction forces became shorter, and finally , on May 10 1869, after six years of strenuous effort, the rails were joined at Promontory, on the Utah desert. This endeavor was the 1800's equivalent to the United States putting a man on the moon 100 years later. This session is loaded with original documents and photos from the Union Pacific Museum to provide your students with historical accurate primary information.Note: The best times to connect are 9:00-11:00 CST and 1:00-4:00 CST.

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Holiday's Around the World

Experience holidays from around the world right here in Omaha! Come to admire The Durhams own 40-foot, fully decorated tree and learn how we fit this beautiful sight into the museum each year. Then, experience holidays and traditions from other countries and cultures using our Ethnic Holiday Trees Exhibit as well as objects and traditions that will help you learn how people from all over the globe celebrate.

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