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The Orphan Train Era in Michigan

August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: St. Ignace Public Library Community Room

Join us on Monday, August 19, at 7:00 PM in welcoming Dave & Al Eicher in discussing the Orphan Train. This presentation portrays the conditions of steamship travel, the adventures of an Irish boy, NYC in the 1860’s, the Irish Ward and Little Italy. Archival photos and films show the orphaned child’s life in the city,the various child labor jobs and sleeping in tenement “daily lodging” for 7 cents a night

From a period starting in 1854 to 1927 approximately 12,500 orphans were placed in Michigan, many coming from the New York Children’s Aid Society.  The lecture and 100 or more old photos present the early formation of the Orphan Train, the collecting of children from various orphanages, the story of the orphan train agents and nurses plus “The Placement” process. The first placement of Orphan Train Riders in the United States occurred at Dowagiac, Michigan on a Sunday morning in September of 1854. Come ride with us, on the “Baby Train”, across the state traveling the route of the Michigan Central Railroad.  


August 19
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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St. Ignace Public Library
110 W Spruce St
St. Igance, MI 49781 United States
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