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Shirley Andrews

Shirley has put together an excellent presentation which she willingly gives to various groups in the Jefferson City, MO, area.  In this presentation, she “Remembers Mama” as she tells of the life and achievements of orphan train rider Irma Craig Schnieders.

Shirley covers the Central Missouri area and requests expenses paid for travel.

She is the daughter of Irma Craig, Orphan Train Rider, and is a past officer and board member of the Orphan Train Heritage Society of Missouri.

1506 Notting Hill Dr
Jefferson City, MO  65109

Denise Snoderly Grow

Programs and presentations about the Orphan Train experience in the midwest. Will appear for any type of organization or event. Also has plays and dramas set c. 1900.  Plays include original songs.  Denise has been working with the Orphan Train since 2004, and the first play was produced and performed in 2005.

Standard fee for one-hour program is $125.  Will work most anywhere, but travel more than twenty-five miles from Harrisonville, MO, may involve travel stipend, depending on circumstances.

26803 South Blinker Light Rd
Harrisonville, MO 64701

Annette Harrison

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.

6370 Pershing Ave
St. Louis, MO  63130


Mitzi Linsenbardt

Mitzi tells the story of the Orphan Train to local groups and children in class room settings.  She provides her own pictures, books, and supplies.

Mitzi will talk to groups within 60 miles of Sedalia, MO.

She does not charge a fee but requests her travel expense by paid.  If speaking to an organization, she requests a donation to help meet NOTC’s expenses.

No special equipment is needed for the presentation.

3741 Suburban Lane
Sedalia, MO  65301

Roger Staley

Roger’s mother Ethel M Barney Staley rode the Orphan Train in 1904 to Dunlap, IA, along with three siblings, the oldest @ 9 years and the youngest @ 20 months.  They came from Cold Brook, NY to the Children’s Aid Society in New York City and then took the train ride to Dunlap, IA.

Roger and his two daughters, Serena Staley Price and Erica Staley Sims, live in the Kansas City area and each is experienced in presenting their story of the Orphan Train.  There is no charge involved in these presentations.  Overnight travel may be considered.

The presentation can be from ½ hour up to a full hour and can be facilitated using either power point or pictures and handouts. The presentation covers the Barney family, the people who initiated the Orphan Train concept, the Orphanage, the train ride and the placement process.  The presentation closes with a time for questions.


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