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Cleo Lampos

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, and women’s groups about the orphan train. Reasonable and reliable.


Clark Kidder
“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.”

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