2017 NOTC Celebration

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Our Celebration was wonderful, and we hope you’ll want to attend in 2018! If you missed it, here’s a sample of what happened:


  • 10th Anniversary of NOTC
  • 30th Anniversary of OTHSA
  • 100th Anniversary of the Union Pacific Depot

Thursday, June 1st
Registration at the Morgan Dowell Research Center, on the grounds of NOTC, 10 a.m.
USPS Stamp Cancellation at the Orphan Train Museum in the former Union Pacific Depot at NOTC, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Welcome, at the Broadway Plaza, 5 p.m.
Statue unveiling of the Cornell Brothers, Stanley and Victor, sponsored by CloudCorp, 606 Washington, Concordia, 5:30 p.m.
Video history of NOTC, OTHSA, Union Pacific Depot, Orphan Train Museum, and Orphan Train Riders to Concordia, 5:45 p.m.
BBQ Dinner catered by Rod’s Food Store, served at the Broadway Plaza, 6th & Washington, 6:30 p.m. The dinner is included in the registration, but tickets may be purchased for $10 each.

Friday, JuneĀ 2nd
Registration continues at the Morgan Dowell Research Center, NOTC, 8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions, Screening of new video, 8:45 a.m.
Mary Ellen Johnson, Founder of Orphan Train Heritage Society of America, 9 a.m.
Train Car Grand Opening and Dedication followed by a guided tour

Becky Higgins, Past President of OTHSA, 10:15 a.m.
Special Tour of the Train Car and Museum, 11 a.m.


Julia Park Tracy speaks about researching her Orphan Train Rider grandfather and his story, Brown Grand Theatre, 310 W. 6th St., 1:15 p.m.
Shaley Georg, curator of NOTC, presents “Then and Now,” addressing the conditions faced by children, 2 p.m.

Linda Fulmer, The Texas Catholic List of Riders, 3 p.m.
Orphan Train Rider Descendants speak, 3:45 p.m.

Statue unveiling of Thelma Taylor, sponsored by Monique & Co. Salon & Day Spa, 225 W. 6th, 5:15 p.m.


Art Chair Auction, Broadway Plaza, 6th & Broadway, 7 p.m.; in case of rain, event will be moved to 209 W. 6th St.

Saturday, June 3rd
Board the bus for a Mystery Tour guided by Lori Halfhide, NOTC Head Researcher. Park on the North side of NOTC.
Lunch at the Cedar Porch in Agenda. The Mystery Bus Tour is included in Registration for the Celebration, but also open to the public; $25 includes lunch.

Orphan Train Rider stories will be re-enacted, Brown Grand Theatre, 3:30 p.m.

Jimmy Wayne Presentation, at the Brown Grand Theatre, 7 p.m. Jimmy’s presentation is included in the Celebration registration, but also open to the public; $10 each.

Sunday, June 4th
President’s Award Brunch, 10 a.m., catered by Marla’s Joy Tea House, location TBA. The brunch is included in the Celebration registration, but also open to the public; $20 each.