Friday, September 4, 2009

Orphan Trains

Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story by Andrea Warren, Winner of the 1996 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction, and is an ALA American Library Assoc. Notable Book

Between 1854 and 1930, abandoned children rode orphan trains. There are only a few people alive today who rode those trains. Some have shared their stories in books like this one.

A man by the name of Charles Loring Brace of the Children's Aid Socity, NY wanted to do something to help these children, so he supported the idea of orphan trains that would take children out "west" in hopes of finding them a home on a nice farm. They cleaned up the children with nice clothes and combed their hair. They even taught some of them good manners, so they would make a better impression.

There are several websites where you can find more stories from orphan train riders and information about the time period: National Orphan Train Complex Childrens' Aid Society

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