A-The Orphan Trains

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The orphan trains ran from New York City to many of the mid-western states. Over 200,000 children were "placed out" over a 75-year period of time. Dorothy will share a part of American History which isn't in our history books. The orphan trains were set up to give needy children the opportunity for a better life. It was the prelude to adoption, orphanages, and foster care in the United States. In May 2004, Dorothy published a book, "Burke's Journeys," about one of the early orphan train riders to Indiana. The young man was Andrew H. Burke, who later became a governor of North Dakota. The book was illustrated by Howard Ralston of Rochester. Dorothy is also the author of "The Home We Shared." Instructor: Dorothy A. Lund Nelson

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