Riders on the Orphan Train:
The Story of the Largest Child Migration in the U.S.
MANDEVILLE - Few people today know that between 1854 and 1929 over 250,000 orphans and unwanted children were taken out of New York City and given away at train stations across America. Experience this seventy-six year experiment in child relocation, at a multi- media program from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 5, at Madisonville Branch Library, 1123 Main Street, Madisonville, and from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at Slidell Branch, 555 Robert Blvd. Local relatives and acquaintances of Orphan Train riders are especially invited to attend and share their stories with the audience.
The program combines live music by Phillip Lancaster, video montage with archival photographs, and interviews. “Riders on the Orphan Train” will inform, inspire and raise awareness about this little-known part of history.
The event is free and open to the public, and registration is recommended. Light refreshments will be available. Seating space is limited to adults. Please register online at register.stpl.us/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp or call the Madisonville library at (985)845-4819 and the Slidell library at (985) 646-6470. Registration opens two weeks before the date of the event.
Last updated 5/21/2015
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