Orphan Train Program

Mar 06, 2018 7:00 pm

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Oakfield Historical Society & Research Center

7 Maple Avenue
Oakfield, NY 14125
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Oakfield Historical Society & Research Center

7 Maple Avenue
Oakfield, NY 14125

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Oakfield Historical Society ©Mark Gutman
Oakfield Historical Society ©Mark Gutman

The first installment of Oakfield Historical Society’s 2018 lecture series is about the Orphan Train. 

By the 1850s, large eastern U.S. cities had massive numbers of orphaned children. New York City alone had an estimated 30,000 children without parents, making placement with local families virtually impossible in a city of 500,000. 

The orphan trains operated between 1854 and 1929, relocating about 200,000 orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children.

Perennial favorite speaker Jeff Donahue is presenting this fascinating program. As always, this event is free and open to the public.