Clark Kidder – Northern Illinois
“In this presentation, Mr. Kidder brings to light his expertise and family connection to the orphan trains. Kidder tells the story of his paternal grandmother – the late Emily (Reese) Kidder, who was brought to the Midwest in 1906 on an orphan train. He will read from his book, Emily’s Story: The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider as he shows numerous historical and family photos in a PowerPoint presentation. Kidder is also the author of Orphan Trains and Their Precious Cargo – The Life’s Work of Rev. H. D. Clarke, and is co-writer and co-producer of the documentary West by Orphan Train, which won a Midwest Regional Emmy Award in 2015. The film is based on his book, Emily’s Story.”
1620 Sienna Xing
Janesville, WI 53546
Annette is an award-winning St. Louis storyteller and has told stories, given workshops and keynote addresses for 33 years. She has combined her love of history with storytelling in her high energy interactive 45 minute show on the Orphan Trains. The title is Orphan Trains: From New York to Missouri.
She prefers to do presentations in Missouri and Illinois. Her fee is $350 and expenses.
Shirley has given presentations on the Orphan Trains to the Fort Dearborn Chapter of the DAR in Evanston, IL; American Legion in Glenview, IL; genealogical societies in Wauconda and Highland Park, IL, and at Friendship Villiage in Schaumburg, IL. She and her husband, Richard, promote Orphan Train Rider Reunions in Illinois.
Shirley shows a 15 minute Orphan Train Rider video and prefers traveling no more than 50 mile radius.
2925 Virginia Lane
Glenview, IL 60025-4647
Cleo Lampos is a storyteller, author, and educator. A retired special education teacher, Lampos has researched the Orphan Train history and written “A Mother’s Song.” This historical fiction presents the viewpoint of the biological mother, the adoptive mother, and the girl who loves both. Lampos has spoken at St. Xavier University, Trinity Christian College, numerous book clubs, libraries, librarian conferences,a nd women’s groups about the orphan train. Reasonable and reliable.