Orphan Trains

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Date(s) - Jun 26
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Orphan trains are a part of our Midwest history.
Morrison-Talbott Library, 215 Park Street, Waterloo has invited
Barbara Wagner to host a program on Orphan Trains June 26, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Children sent on the trains from New York were fostered or adopted
in many Midwestern states including Illinois.

          Barb Wagner’s interest in the subject was sparked by choosing a book, Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Trains, to review for her book club. “I discovered a piece of American history I knew nothing about.” said Wagner with surprise. Her mother, aunt and grandmother were teachers and books, on a variety of subjects, had always been a part of her life growing up in central Illinois.

Wagner ended up reading several books on orphan trains and was fascinated by the original purpose of transporting “orphans” from New York City to the Midwest. She learned the successes and failures of the program and how cultural, as well as economic, changes brought an end to the Orphan Trains.

Morrison-Talbott Library has a variety of books on orphan trains for adults and young readers. Barbara Wagner invites you to read a book or two and join her for an evening that will allow you to share what you have learned. Bookmarks are available at the library to help you choose a title.

Orphan Trains