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Pete Keaveny

23 N 7th St
Wishek, ND  58495

Susan Lehner
2552 223rd Lane NW
Oak Grove, MN  55011


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


Jeanne Putnam

7792 770th Ave
Tintah, MN  56583


Renée Wendinger
Renée is the author of Extra! Extra! The Orphan Trains and Newsboys of New York, a nonfiction documentary book, and her novella, Last Train Home, an orphan train story, that can be purchased through the National Orphan Train Complex.  Renée is a speaker on the subject of the Immigration Orphan Train Experience since 1989, and offers an authentic historical PowerPoint to educators and schools, community and civic organizations, and libraries and historical centers. Renée is an avid orphan train historian, president of Orphan Train Riders of New York, and aspires to keep this phenomenal part of American history known as the orphan trains, genuine. Renée is also the daughter of an orphan train rider. Her mother, Sophia Kaminsky Hillesheim, rode the rails as a two year old from New York City to the state of Minnesota. Renee will travel for speaking engagements outside Minnesota upon request.


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.