Riders on the Orphan Train – Daniel Boone Regional Library

Riders on the Orphan Train

Riders on the Orphan TrainBetween 1854 and 1929, over 250,000 orphans and unwanted children were taken out of New York City and given away at train stations across America. Did you or someone in your family ride the Orphan Train? We’re hosting a series of events about this historical episode, and we’re inviting people to share their personal or family stories with our local audiences.

If you have a story about the Orphan Train that you’d like to share, please contact Tim Dollens at (573) 443-3161.

Riders on the Orphan Train” is a multimedia program combining live music and storytelling by humanities scholars Phillip Lancaster and Alison Moore with video montage of archival photographs and interviews of survivors. You will have three opportunities to enjoy this presentation:

Friday, April 6 › 1-2:30 p.m.

Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Friday, April 6 › 7-8:30 p.m.

Columbia, Boone County History & Culture Center, 3801 Ponderosa St.

Saturday, April 7 › 2-3:30 p.m.

Callaway County Public Library, Friends Room


Sponsored in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Boone County Historical Society.