‘Orphan Trains’ Lifelong Learning topic

HILLSBORO – Marilyn Irvin Holt, author of “The Orphan Trains: Placing Out in America,” will describe how the system worked, the eastern institutions that placed youngsters and the children who came to Kansas during her Lifelong Learning presentation at 9:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16) in the Heritage Lobby within the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts on the Tabor College campus.

Between 1853 and 1929 at least 200,000 children and teenagers were sent out of crowded eastern cities to homes on farms and in small towns farther west. Today, this system of relocation is known as the “orphan trains.”

Holt is former director of publications at the Kansas State Historical Society. She is a freelance editor, writer and researcher and teaches historical editing at the University of Kansas.

The public is welcome to attend all Lifelong Learning programs and may register at the door. Admission is $5 per session. Participants may enjoy lunch in the college cafeteria after the session at the discount price of $4.

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