Remembering the Orphans

October 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Van Meter Public Library
505 Grant St
Van Meter, IA 50261

This presentation will summarize the historical era known as the Orphan Train Movement that took place in the US, dating 1854-1929.  Speaker Lori Vicker is a retired reading specialist, who has taught in Van Meter and who travels the state sharing her interest and enthusiasm for this little known and forgotten era of history.  A bibliography will be provided to highlight popular non-fiction and historical fiction for your reading interest.

Lori’s interest in this topic began while teaching Children’s and Adolescent Literature for Viterbo University when she met Mary McClain, an orphan train rider decedent who shared her mother’s experience with teachers in Lori’s classes.  Lori’s display includes vintage children’s clothing similar to what might have been worn while traveling westward.  She has frequently visited the National Orphan Train Museum in Concordia, Kansas where she has acquired many books and artifacts.

Time will be allotted for your questions.