Building of the Transcontinental Railroad (Free Program)

by  The Durham Museum

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You may think you know everything there is to know about this important advancement in transportation, but we are here to give you a top-five list of little-known facts!  Hear about successes, blunders, and the characters involved in the 6-year project that helped to shape the West! Artifacts and photos help this session bring the Transcontinental Railroad to life!

A special thank you to our generous sponsors:  The Lincoln Financial Foundation, Humanities Nebraska, and Carol Gendler. 

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About This Program


Multipoint: $0.00
Multipoint Premium: $0.00


Currently no charge .


30 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Adult Learners

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Microsoft Teams

Booking Information

Programs must be requested no later than 4PM CST the Friday prior to your requested date. Classes are available Mondays between 12PM CST and 4PM CST and Tuesdays-Fridays between 8:30AM CST and 4PM CST. Please check that your account is in the correct time zone before booking.

Sorry, this program is not currently available. To inquire about future availability, please contact The Durham Museum

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please notify us with-in 48 hours if it is necessary to cancel a session. We understand that cancelations my occur (ie due to weather) and will reschedule.

About This Provider

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The Durham Museum

Omaha, NE
United States

The Durham Museum offers a fascinating look at the history of the region and offers a broad range of traveling exhibits covering subjects ranging from history and culture to science, industry, and more through our affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution and strong ties with the Library of Congress, National Archives and the Field Museum.

Education Department

Program Details


1) Program opens with a basic explanation and introduction of the topic
2) We will begin interactive discussion on the building of the railroad using a variety of photos and documents
3) Time is set aside for questions at the closing (as well as throughout the presentation)


1) Understand the need for a Transcontinental Railroad,
2) Appreciate the effect the railroad had on American life from a variety of perspectives (promoters, settlers, Chinese immigrants, American Indians),
3) Become analyzers of primary source material.
4) Be able to utilize video conference references and resources provided to form opinions and communicate their perspective of one aspect (cultural, political, environmental, economic) of the building of the Transcontinental Railroad.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

G1.1.2 Geographical Inquiry and Analysis
G1.1.3 Geographical Understanding
E1.1.1 Individual , Business, Government Choices
E1.1.3 Prices, Supply, and Demand
K1.4 Analysis events and circumstances for the vantage point of others
K1.7 Integrate concepts from at least 2 different disciplines
P1.2 Analysis point of view, context, and bias
P1.4 Communicate clearly
P2.3 Know how to find and organize information from a variety of resources
P2.4 Use multiple perspectives and resources to identify and analysis
U4.2.3 Westward expansion
U4.2.4 Consequences of expansion
U6.1.1 Systems of Transportation
U6.2.1 US History Investigation Topic and Issue Analysis, Past and Present.