History of the Orphan Train Presented at Almonte Library


No one wanted to ride the Orphan Train, but over a quarter of a million unwanted children did between 1854 and 1929.

The Metropolitan Library System and the Oklahoma Humanities Council are co-sponsoring a multi-media presentation on the history and legacy of the Orphan Train at the Almonte Library, 2914 S.W. 59th Street, on Wednesday, July 10, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“The trains left New York,” said MLS Adult Services Coordinator Anita Roessler, “and carried orphans and unwanted children all around the United States.  The children were given away to face lives of affection or who-knows-what kind of hardship.”

The program lasts about an hour and includes music, an audio-visual presentation of archived photos, and interviews with two surviving Orphan Train survivors.  There will also be a question and answer session following the program.

“Riders on the Orphan Train” is free and open to the public.

For more information about this or any Metropolitan Library System program, visit the MLS website, www.metrolibrary.org.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 14 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Almonte, Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Patience S. Latting Northwest, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City. You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.