Skip navigation

News/Updates
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

Recent Entries
  • Saturday, Feb. 20: Celebrate Black History Month (1 - 3 p.m.)Jan. 29 – Experience the unique contributions of African Americans to Union Pacific and the National Parks System at several stations placed throughout the museum. As a special treat, representatives from the Homestead National Monument will be in attendance to honor and celebrate the 100-year-old relationship between Union Pacific and the National Park Service. This event is free and open to the public.
  • Dec. 17 - Jan. 2: The Holiday Model Trains are Back!Carrying on a heart-warming tradition, the museum will have a fully operational tabletop N-scale train on the first floor through January 2, 2016. The equipment planned for the operating layout is part of a 5,250-piece collection owned by Bill Dodge, a generous museum patron and volunteer. This year, several members of the N-Trak model train club will be helping Dodge operate a new, larger layout. The crew will be available to answer questions for the duration of the exhibit.
  • Holiday HoursThe museum's regular hours are Thursday - Saturday, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For the holidays, we will be closed on:
    • Thursday, November 26
    • Friday, November 27
    • Thursday, December 24
    • Friday, December 25
    • Friday, January 1
    We will be open on:
    • Saturday, November 28
    • Saturday, December 26
    • Thursday, December 31
    • Saturday, January 2
  • Saturday, Nov 21: Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with Guest Speaker Gyasi Ross

    Union Pacific Railroad Museum is partnering with Union Pacific’s Council of Native American Heritage (CONAH) employee resource group to celebrate National Native American History Month on November 21, with a free presentation by nationally acclaimed speaker, Gyasi Ross, entitled, "Native Elders and Native Youth: Bridging the Gap. Recognizing the importance of mentorship for survival and success."

  • September 26: ┬íTodos a Bordo for Community Day!

    We are teaming up with Union Pacific's Latino Employee Network (LEN) to offer our first-ever bilingual experience during a special Community Day on Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 1 to 3 p.m.

  • September 26: Museum Day Live!While admission is always free at our museum, we are still proud supporters of Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live! event. Museum Day Live! is an annual event that encourages museums across the country to open their doors to anyone presenting a ticket for free.
  • July 11 & 12: Railroad Days 2015 Railroad Days is an annual celebration of all things train and track! For just $15, two adults and all their children receive admission to and transportation between five Omaha and Council Bluffs-area museums. Click on the headline to learn more!
  • We Will Be Closed on Saturday, July 4In observance of Independence Day, we will be closed on Saturday, July 4. We will be open our normal hours (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) on Friday, July 3.
  • We Can Do It! Women Railroaders During World War IIThis month's Facebook serial story is about Irene Friesen, a woman who worked for Union Pacific during World War II. The information is pulled from Irene's diary, which is part of Union Pacific's collection. The entire story, from the beginning, can be viewed here.
  • From Railroader to Millionaire: The Story of Hong SlingThis month, we are continuing to post small segments of an ongoing serial on Facebook. The current serial story is about Hong Sling, a Chinese immigrant and Union Pacific employee who retired a millionaire. The entire story, from the beginning, can be viewed here.
  • Archives
© Copyright 2015 Friends of Union Pacific Railroad Museum.