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OREGON AND THE HISTORY OF THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD IS THE FOCUS OF THE FREE PROGRAM PRESENTED BY THE FRIENDS OF HISTORY AT PORTLAND
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 7:00pm

As a lead-in to the upcoming National Train Day celebration (www.nationaltrainday.com/2009), the Friends of History at Portland State University is presenting "TrainDay 2009: Abraham Lincoln and the Railroads that Tamed the West" on Wednesday, May 6 in Cramer Hall, Room 494 starting at 7:00pm. The program is free and open to the public and will feature historic photos, documentaries and films showing the history of the making of the Transcontinental Railroad and how it relates to the legacy that our 16th President left for Oregon during our first years of statehood.

This FOH program at Portland State University is one of over 100 nationwide special events endorsed by National Train Day as part of a coast-to-coast celebration of the way trains connect people and places. The May 6 program is part of the educational programming the PSU Friends of History has been co-sponsoring with the Oregon Lincoln Bicentennial Commission as part of the 2009-2010 celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Lincoln's birthday.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 6, 2009
WHERE: Cramer Hall Room 494
TIME: 7:00pm
COST: Free and open to the public
INFO: (503)725-5473 or 3917

The PSU Friends of History will also be participating in the official Train Day celebration taking place at Portland's Union Station on Saturday, February 9, 2009, where Lincoln re-enactor Steve Holgate will recreate the words and events of our 16th President, called "the greatest friend of the Pacific Railroad" by historian David Howard Bain in his book- Empire Express: Building the First Trtanscontinental Railroad.