Pinterest • De ideeëncatalogus voor iedereen

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Thanks to @SheReads BookClub I received a copy of Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Molly, a troubled teen, uncovers an older woman, Vivan's, past while completing her community service hours. But this story is more unique because the background is the real life time in history when orphans were taken on trains to be distributed to new families. . . many times as indentured servants. I could not put this book down!


The Orphan Train. The first mass resettlement of children - moving orphaned children out of New York City into the Midwest.

van CBS News

The Orphan Train

Orphan Train Riders stopped in Jamestown


The Orphan Train -The solutions for parentless (and unparented) children have varied tremendously over history and they vary, in part, based on the particular technological, economic, and cultural realities of the time. For more than 75 years, one answer was the orphan train.


The Orphan Train: 1853, a minister named Charles Loring Brace started the orphan train. Brace believed that farmers would welcome homeless children, take them into their homes, and treat them as their own. So he rounded up the kids, got parental permission when he needed it, and took the city kids to the country. Between 1854 and 1929, the trains took over 100,000 children to adoptive parents in 47 states and Canada.


The Orphan Train Movement 1854-1929. a welfare program that transported children from crowded cities of the United States, such as New York City and Boston, to willing foster homes across the country. The trains relocated an estimated 250,000 orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children. At the time the orphan train movement began, reformers estimated that 30,000 vagrant children were living on the streets of New York City.


Children waiting to re-board the Orphan train: In 1867 the westward campaign to move homeless and displaced children from the large cities out to the expanding west began and continued for seventy-five years.  It is estimated that between 150,000 and 200,000 “orphans” boarded the trains and were relocated to new homes across the Midwest, as well as Canada and Mexico.


Orphan Train, a historical fiction novel by Christina Baker Kline. I loved it.

van CBS News

The Orphan Train

From 1854 to 1929, hundreds of thousands of young children boarded trains in New York City, to be shipped west where they would find new families. Known as the Orphan Train, the program to relocate orphaned and abandoned children was operated largely by The Children's Aid Society and the New York Foundling Hospital.


The Orphan Train was a movement that started in 1854 by the New York Foundling Hospital and the Children's Aid Society. In 1872 the Foundling Hospital began sending children under the age four on the "baby train." The train placed orphans and ho...