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Orphan Trains

Updated: Feb 24, 2021

Author and historian Michael Keene has produced a unique online documentary “Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Orphan Trains”.

If you missed our premiere event, you can still watch the film using this link:

“By the end of the Civil War, an estimated 30,000 homeless and orphaned children roamed the streets of New York City. In response to this crisis, the age of orphan asylums began, culminating in one of the most improbable and audacious episodes in American history.

Called the Orphan Train Movement, it endeavored to save these children lost to the streets by heroes who fought for their liberation”.

We've also put together a list of resources available through the library if you wish to explore the subject of orphan trains:

Orphan Trains Subject Guide
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