CBS News New York - From 1854-1929, hundreds of thousands of young children boarded trains in New York City, to be shipped west where they would find new families. Link to read more and view pictorial history.
Nineteenth century orphan train editorials exclusive to the trains coming to Minnesota researched and compiled by historian Renee Wendinger
NEW ORPHAN TRAIN DOCUMENTARY: Iowa PBS has produced a new midwest emmy award winning documentary film about the orphan trains entitled, West By Orphan Train. It's a great film that I'm proud to have taken part as an expert orphan train historian. The producers, Colleen Krantz and Clark Kidder, did an excellent job. The film is based on the grandmother of expert speaker and orphan train author Clark Kidder in, Emily's Story, The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider. Learn more about the film at www.westbyorphantrain.com
ONE BOOK COMMUNITY READ
is a reading program that attempts to get everyone in a city to read and discuss the same book. Each city's program has its own goals; these include building a sense of community and promoting literacy. Many communities across the country have chosen the book Orphan Train without realizing the subject is a very diverse topic and there is no way to truly learn about the orphan trains through one book. Recently, the entire community of Pine River/Backus, Minnesota chose the topic of "orphan train" and incorporated many authors books written on the theme. I believe they are the first community to do so, and as a result ages 5 to 105 merged into a true one community read and understanding about the orphan trains.