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Historical society to host orphan train presentation

11/23/2012

Between 1854 and 1929, more than 250,000 orphans and unwanted children were taken out of New York City and given away at train stations across America.

Between 1854 and 1929, more than 250,000 orphans and unwanted children were taken out of New York City and given away at train stations across America.

The last train stopped at Sulphur Springs, Texas, in 1929. The "placing out" system originally was organized by Congregational minister Charles Loring Brace and the Children's Aid Society of New York. His mission was to rid the streets and overcrowded orphanages of homeless children and find new homes for them in places such as Kansas, including Hays and Ellis County.

A virtually untold chapter of American history comes alive through a one-hour multi-media presentation Riders on the Orphan Train at 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Ellis County Historical Society's Stone Church, 100 W. Seventh. Admission is free.

Phil Lancaster and Alison Moore of Austin, Texas, use live music, video and storytelling to engage audiences of all ages.