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January 25, 2013

Union Pacific Railroad Museum Celebrates Black History Month

January 25, 2013

Union Pacific Railroad Museum is partnering with Union Pacific Railroad's Black Employee Network (BEN) to help celebrate Black History Month with two new programs focusing on school presentations and museum tours.

A new school program geared toward 8th grade students will be offered Feb. 19 - Feb. 22 with members of BEN visiting schools to give presentations about African American History within Union Pacific.

"The program will focus on the African American contributions and opportunities with Union Pacific throughout the company's 150 year history, from working on the Pullman cars to the opportunities and accomplishments black employees have at Union Pacific today," said Beth Maynes, Education Coordinator for the Union Pacific Railroad Museum.

In addition to the school programs, BEN members will lead public tours focusing on African American History, at the Museum on Sat. Feb. 23.

Teachers who are interested in having a BEN member come and speak to their class should contact Beth Maynes at 402-501-3840

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