Monday, November 25, 2019

WHAT IVE BEEN READING!


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.
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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

Happy Reading!

8 comments:

  1. Fascinating reading, Beverly. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. These stories are sad, happy, and in between. They're part of our history. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Great that fiction or not you can learn a lot more about that time. I never even knew about it until your blog.

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    1. Now you know, Pat. I'd never heard of it either, but curiosity about my mother's past showed me it all. Have a good week.

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  3. This sounds so interesting Beverly, thanks for bringing itn to our attention.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne. It is a subject dear to my heart. Have a restful week.

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  4. I remember that your blog was the first place I heard about the orphan trains. I can't believe I had no idea about them! Since then I have been intrigued whenever I hear about them. I have read a couple of books that take place during that time period with characters who were on the orphan trains. I am glad you have learned so much about them and have joined organizations which will help keep your family's stories alive!
    ~Jess

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    1. I knew nothing about them either, Jess, until I got curious about someone she wrote to in New York. Turned out it was one of her sisters. The different organizations in New York were great about helping me find out about the family, why the kids (6 of them) became orphans and where each of them were placed. I was fortunate to meet the sister she wrote to when we took a trip to South Carolina to visit our son. The sister was visiting her daughter not far away, and we got together. She had written me about their trip. Coincidence, or God's plan? Whatever, it was so interesting. Mom's sister looked so much like her. It would have been perfect if Mom was still alive, but she wasn't. I have a whole album of pictures and information about their lives. Thanks for stopping by and listening to me ramble. :)

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