Press Release | Nau Center for Texas Cultural Heritage Receives $1 Million Gift from Union Pacific Railroad
April 29, 2014
The Nau Center for Texas Cultural Heritage announces a $1 million gift from Union Pacific Railroad for the “Engines of Progress” railroad interactive experience exhibit. The largest grant the Union Pacific Foundation has ever made in Texas, this gift supports Union Pacific’s commitment to educating the community about the railroad’s integral role in the region’s past and future.
“Thanks to Union Pacific’s generous gift, guests will leave the Nau Center with a firm understanding of both the historical and modern importance of the railroad industry in Southeast Texas,” explained John Nau, Chairman of the Nau Center Board of Directors.
The Nau Center’s “Engine of Progress” exhibit will feature locomotive Southern Pacific 982, bringing history to life through the magic of special effects, as the train readies itself for departure, pulls into the station, or rockets across the Texas plains. Located in the “Get Big Things Done” gallery, the exhibit will celebrate the history of the Southeast Texas’ railroad industry and the major role it played in the development, growth, and economic success of Houston and its people.
“Union Pacific is thrilled to support the efforts of the Nau Center in its mission to tell the remarkable history of Houston and southeast Texas,” said Brenda Mainwaring, Vice President Public Affairs South, Union Pacific Railroad. “With its focus on education, the Nau Center will bring history to life for Houston residents and visitors. We’re pleased that the region’s deep railroading roots will be featured as an important part of that story.”
About the Nau Center for Texas Cultural Heritage
The Nau Center for Texas Cultural Heritage will serve as a regional gateway for tourism with a 21st-century museum, showcasing the people, places, and events of our rich history. It will tell the story of the 29 counties that comprise southeast Texas through inspirational and interactive exhibits, immersing students, educators, residents and visitors in the region’s history and culture. The Nau Center will be located downtown between the George R. Brown Convention Center and Minute Maid Park, ideally placed along Texas’ historic Independence Trail. For more information, visit www.naucenter.org.
About Union Pacific
Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP). One of America’s most recognized companies; Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. From 2007-2013, Union Pacific invested more than $21.6 billion in its network and operations to support America’s transportation infrastructure. The railroad’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner. For more information, visit www.up.com.
Union Pacific Foundation
Union Pacific Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Union Pacific Corporation and Union Pacific Railroad. Union Pacific believes that the quality of life in the communities in which its employees live and work is an integral part of its own success. Originally created as the Union Pacific Railroad Foundation in Omaha, Neb., the Foundation has distributed funds since 1959 to qualified organizations in communities served by Union Pacific. The Foundation is not endowed, but is funded each year from the operating profits of Union Pacific Corporation. Last year, Union Pacific, in conjunction with the Union Pacific Foundation, supported more than 2,500 nonprofit organizations.