Prior to 1999, Karon (Nutter) Harvey had not heard of the Orphan Train. However, after learning that her great grandmother Kate Martha Ellen Griffin was sent from New York City to Iowa, Karon’s passion has become researching, presenting programs, and increasing public awareness about of the “the best kept secrets in the history of our country.”
Karon taught English for twenty-three years and was the Library Media Director for ten years in the Gering Public School District. She has also taught adjunct English classes for Western Nebraska Community College and Chadron State College.
Pippa is a professional actress with extensive theater and television experience. She grew up in San Francisco, appeared regularly on television as a child, trained at the American Conservatory Theater Academy, and for five years was seen as hostess of a daily morning television show on ABC. Coming to Nebraska led to her pursuing an education (UNL 1982), starting a family, and reestablishing a career with work at the Nebraska Repertory Theater, arts in education programs with both the Council and the Lied Center, and finally, not just one, but several one-woman shows drawing on many different sources for a usual and entertaining solo productions.
Pippa’s show The Orphan Train is suitable for clubs, classrooms, living rooms, or theaters. It has few technical requirements and is performed with a minimum of costumes and props.
Patricia began speaking about the Orphan Trains several years ago in her native state of Nebraska at the annual Callaway Hospital Ball with approximately 250 interested persons in the audience. She now speaks to community organization in the Bella Vista area. Co-author of Tears on Paper, she continues to interview and research the lives of the Orphan Train Riders.
She occasionally gives presentation while visiting Nebraska.
12 Tuxford Circle
Bella Vista, AR 72714