Riders on the Orphan Train:
The Story of the Largest Child Migration in the U.S.
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 called “Riders on the Orphan Train” from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, September 4, at the Madisonville Branch, 1123 Main Street, or from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, September 5, at the 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. Registration is recommended. Please register online at register.stpl.us/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp or call the Madisonville Library at (985)845-4819 or the Slidell Library at (985) 646-6470. Registration opens one month prior to the event. Light refreshments will be available. Seating space is limited to adults.
Visit our website www.sttammanylibrary.org for more information on library sponsored adult programs.
The St. Tammany Parish Library has been serving the citizens of St. Tammany Parish for more than sixty years. Our twelve branches offer over 542,000 loanable items including books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, and magazines. The library’s website offers 24/7 access to downloadable audio and e-books, music downloads, research tools, magazines, and newspapers. Our programs and services are designed to meet residents’ cultural, informational, educational, and recreational needs.