Recently D and I had a chance to visit a couple of little museums that we had never been to before. The first one was the National Orphan Train Complex.
There’s a lot of interesting history to the orphan train movement; however there wasn’t a lot to the little museum. I did like the fact that it is housed in an old depot! Hopefully they will continue to grow their collection of related items and fill in their space a bit more.
What they do most at the Orphan Train Complex, I think, is research. Research that helps people who were involved with the movement fill in a few blanks in their own history.
From 1854 to 1929 an estimated250,000 orphaned, abandoned, and homeless children were placed throughout the United States and Canada during the Orphan Train Movement. When the orphan
train movement began, it was
estimated that 30,000 abandoned children were living on the streets of New York City. Charles Loring Brace founded the Children’s Aid Society in order to help these children.The aid institutions developed a program that placed homeless children into homes throughout the country. The children were transported to their new homes on trains which were eventually labeled “orphan trains.” This period of mass relocation of children in the United States is widely recognized
as the beginning of documented foster carein America.
-source : OrphanTrainDepot.Org
Click on the images above to see a larger view, order prints, or download photos.