It's no secret, I'm interested in the Orphan Train Movement. From 1854 to 1929, more than 200,000 children, most of them from New York, rode "Orphan Trains" to points west to find new homes. I had never heard of such a thing, until, one day I discovered my mother and aunt were Orphan Trian Riders. That's when I got involved in genealogy, and I'm so happy I did. And, now, I'm happy to discover a lot of books about these children, most of them fictional, but also quite a few true stories.
But enough. Back to reading. The latest two Orphan Train stories I've read are ORPHAN TRAIN ESCAPE and ORPHAN TRAIN TRIALS, the first two books in a series by Rachel Wesson. They are fictional and I enjoyed them. I also have a stack of books about the trains that tell the good side of the story, and also the sometimes bad side. And, of course, you knew I wouldn't forget this one.
Fiction, but based on my mother's story of being an Orphan Train Rider. She never told me, but sometimes memories are too painful to remember.
I'm also a member of NOTC, National Orphan Train Complex, an organization formed to keep alive the stories of these children and the agents who rode the train, as well. It's located in Concordia, KS
I'll be looking for more to read. I have a very good one about the man who started all this, Charles Loring Brace. THE DANGEROUS CLASSES OF NEW YORK, A TWENTY YEARS' WORK AMONG THEM