The Herald Bulletin

April 18, 2013

Program on ‘Orphan Train Movement’


The Herald Bulletin

PENDLETON, Ind. — On Sunday, at 2 p.m., Adam Miller, a folksinger, storyteller, and autoharp virtuoso, will present a program illustrating “The Orphan Train Movement,” this little-known piece of American history.

Miller will enlighten those present about the fates and fortunes of these children. This was a social experiment that transported children from crowded coastal cities to the Midwest for adoption. The orphan trains ran between 1854 and 1929, relocating an estimated 200,000 orphaned, abandoned, and  homeless children. The children were transported to their new homes on trains which were labeled “orphan trains.” The children ranged in age from newborn babies to teenagers.

The program is free and open to the public. Register by calling the library at 778-7527 or ashannon@pendleton.lib.in.us.

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