The Orphan Trains

It is estimated that 250,000 children from New York were transported to the Midwest on what we call today “The Orphan Trains.” About one in four of those children were of Irish descent. “The Orphan Trains Era, 1853-1923” will be the topic at the Wednesday, September 11th meeting of the Irish Cultural Society. The meeting convenes at 7:30 p.m. in the Garden City Public Library, 60 Seventh Street, across the street from the Garden City Hotel. The meeting is free and open to the public. The speaker will be Tom Riley who has written ten books, four of them on the Orphan Trains. Tom will use Power Point and video to illustrate the history of a most unusual element in United States history.

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