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The American Experience/The Orphan Trains/Transcript __ "Tonight you are about to see an extraordinary film on the subject, ''The Orphan Trains,'' and behind the film is a remarkable story. ..."  Full transcript of show. - From pbs.org - http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/orphan/orphants.html

A History of the Orphan Trains __ "Orphans ... Foundlings ... Waifs ... Half-Orphans ... Street Arabs ... Street Urchins ... all terms used to describe the children who rode the Orphan Trains. When the Orphan Train movement began, in the mid-19th century, it was estimated that approximately 30,000 abandoned children were living on the streets of New York." - From kancoll.org - http://www.kancoll.org/articles/orphans/or_hist.htm

Genealogy: Orphan Trains __ "Genealogy links to information about the orphan trains 1850-1930, including lists of names of children who rode the trains and stories about some of the individual children." - From genealinks.com - http://www.genealinks.com/orphantrain.htm  

Iowa Orphan Train Project __ Here you can read about the Iowa orphan train project. You will find teachers resources, lesson plans and links to additional materials. - from Briggs Elementary School, Maquoketa Iowa - http://www.maquoketa.k12.ia.us/orphan_train.html

National Orphan Train Complex __ "The Museum and Research Center are dedicated to the preservation of the stories and artifacts of those who were part of the Orphan Train Movement from 1854-1929."  Learn about activities, plans and goals. - illustrated - From orphantraindepot.com - http://www.orphantraindepot.com/

Orphan Train Rider Stories __ Just click on a name to read a story. - From orphantraindepot.com - http://www.orphantraindepot.com/RiderStories.html

Orphan Trains __ A brief overview. - From nebraskahistory.org - http://www.nebraskahistory.org/sites/mnh/orphans/

Orphan Trains __ A general article along with links to additional resources. - From 42explore2.com - http://www.42explore2.com/orphan.htm

The Orphan Trains __ You will find information about the orphan trains that started in the 1830s and shipped thousands of poor and homeless New York City children out west to find new homes. - illustrated - From PBS - http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/orphan/index.html 

Orphan Trains of Kansas __ "Beginning in 1854, charitable institutions in New York City began sending orphans on trains to the west to find new families, feeling that the children would fare better out west than on the streets of New York. Orphan trains arrived in Kansas between 1867 and 1930, and some 5000-6000 children were placed in Kansas homes....." You will find many resources and click-to-view images. - illustrated - From kancoll.org - http://www.kancoll.org/articles/orphans/  

 
 

 

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