23 N 7th St
Wishek, ND 58495
Dorothy Lund Nelson
Dorothy is the author of Orphan Train Rider Burke’s Journeys, and is available to tell the stories of America’s lost history. She shares the experiences of the orphan train riders as they found their new homes, through the use of videos, slides, role-play, and costumes, Dorothy’s program becomes a living experience for the participants. Program length is one hour. She prefers a group of 100 or less so that she can interact with her listeners.
Dorothy does not ask for mileage or lodging, but does charge a fee.
Presents April – November.
Dorothy uses her computer, slideshow, film clips, music, and costumes to tell the story. All she needs is a projection screen, 6 foot table or card table, and chairs for the participants.
1333 Arthur Ln NW #229
Rochester, MN 55901
7792 770th Ave
Tintah, MN 56583
Dennis Wilson – Southern Minnesota
My interest stems from my forty year career as a Railroad conductor and interest in railroad history. I do an hour presentation with or without power point. The presentation starts with one of the hundreds of Orphans stories, acted out taking about ten minutes. I try to change the story each presentation. The rest deals with the history of the placing out movement both The Children’s Aid Society, and New York Foundlings Society. Also, I address the pros and cons of the Orphan Trains, movement against, states passing laws, foster care, and the end of the movement. Finally, as we view children today, what did we learn from the Orphan Train movement, and why is it important to keep that history alive.