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The Orphan Train Movement: The History & Legacy

Thursday, February 25, 2021
TIME: 7pm - 8pm LOCATION: Virtual CONTACT: Reference Desk, 617.898.4964

Professional Genealogist and Historian Michael Brophy will give a virtual talk via Zoom about the Orphan Trains, which is the real-life story of the 19th to 20th centuries movement of sending orphaned children from the counties out into the country.  From 1854 to 1929, over 200,000 children were transported from New York to the Midwest and beyond in the United States.  The history, genealogy, and legacy of the movement will be explained and discussed.  You will learn about the Children’s Aid Society of New York – the founding of the organization and intentions – along with other charitable agencies who had to care for 3,000 children in NYC in 1850.  These kids were referred to as “street Arabs.”  Another topic included in this program is the life of Charles Loring Brace, and the process of how children were chosen for relocation after given Bibles but were never formerly adopted.  Mr. Brophy has many fascinating true stories to tell about this movement which were shared by “Orphan Train Riders.”  There was a significant toll on the emotional health of these kids, which gave way – after the trains were ended – to modern foster care.  Also research about Orphan Train ancestry will be shared with the audience in this interesting and educational presentation.  Please join us!

Advance registration is required and once signed up, a Zoom connection link will be Emailed to you on the day of the program.

This event is kindly sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

You can register here beginning February 4!

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