This newsletter highlights to different events, but are tied by transportation. The War of 1812 depended on the U.S.S. Constitution and fifty years later the nation depended on the railroad to tie the east to the west. Students analyze images found on first day covers - envelopes with commemorative stamp, appropriate postmark and artwork, and use other social studies skills to draw conclusions or create a KWL chart. Discussion questions can spark student interest. Print off the newsletter and put on bulletin board, or use in small group setting to promote student interaction and discussion.