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Orphan Trains to Oklahoma -- Oklahoma City

Orphan Trains to Oklahoma -- Oklahoma City

September 9, 20173:00 PM

Almonte Library
2914 SW 59th St.
Oklahoma City City, OK  73119
Information: 405/606-3575
metrolibrary.org/almonte-library 

Between 1854 and 1929 over 250,000 orphans and unwanted children were sent on trains from New York to be given away at train stations in every state of the union. In Oklahoma, hundreds of children from the "orphan trains" were placed with families in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, McAlester, Tahlequah, Shawnee, Guthrie, and other communities.  

The Orphan Trains to Oklahoma program combines live music, storytelling, videos, an informal lecture, and an audience Q&A to tell the stories of the largest migration of children in history. Presenters will include Alison Moore, author of the 2012 historical novel Riders on the Orphan Train, a chapter from which will be featured in the program. This program is free and open to the public.