Alethea, This is a fabulous collage of materials about the children of the Orphan Trains. I very much want to visit the museum in Concordia, KS but don't know when of if that will be possible. You have shed light and substance on a program I first heard of when earning my Master's in Social Welfare at Berkeley in the early 60's. I later spent 22 years in child welfare, ten doing foster placements.Thank you for this piece.
Alethea - I've followed your success with Walls for The Wind from the get-go. Congrats on your awards and attention. My book Forgiving Effie Beck touched on the subject of Orphan Trains Riders in a very different way. It's a fascinating part of American history. I'd even had the opportunity to attend a "reunion" in the area where I ranched in Colorado County, Texas around 1999. I met several "Riders" as they called themselves (most in their nineties) and many more of their children and grand children. I've been amazed at the number of contemporary readers who have never heard of the Orphan Trains. All the best to you on your writing journey.
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