2021 Annual Celebration of Orphan Train Riders

When

06/03/2021 - 06/05/2021    
All Day

The 2021 Orphan Train Celebration will be held outdoors at the Broadway Plaza and Brown Grand Theatre in Concordia Kansas on June 3, 4 & 5. 

CLICK HERE for the full itinerary and REGISTRATION form: 2021 Celebration Registration and Itinerary

To register/pay for Thursday or Friday’s paint session at Moody Hues Studio

Thursday, June 3

NOTC will welcome registrants between 1-4 pm.

Reading of Mabel and Elky Ride the Orphan Train children’s book at the Broadway Plaza

The NOTC Orphan Train Celebration continues with a statue unveiling at Sunset Home. The statue will honor William James Family who were placed out by the Children’s Aid Society Family Emigration Program.

Moody Hues will host a special paint party featuring Orphan Train-themed artwork. These sessions are not included in the cost of registration and cost an additional $25.

To register/pay for Thursday or Friday’s paint session at Moody Hues Studio: https://checkout.square.site/buy/ICINGYP4F52N77SZVRNX4HSR

Friday, June 4 

NOTC will dedicate a new brick platform, north of the Jones Education Station.

NOTC Curator, Shaley K. George, will present on the History of Children of Color and the Orphan Train. Orphan Train Riders were diverse but placing out children of color was complicated. George will present on the nationalities placed out, the experiences of Orphan Train Riders of color, and the organizations founded to help them.

Dr. Jeremy Kohomban, President and CEO of Children’s Village and Harlem Dowling, will share his experience as a leader in family support and residential treatment reform. Children’s Village, previously known as the New York Juvenile Asylum, is a residential treatment facility and school for troubled children.

The NOTC Orphan Train Celebration continues with a statue unveiling at the Concordia Post Office. The statue will honor Orphan Train Rider, John Jacobus.

Moody Hues will host a special paint party featuring Orphan Train-themed artwork. These sessions are not included in the cost of registration and cost an additional $25.

To register/pay for Thursday or Friday’s paint session at Moody Hues Studio: https://checkout.square.site/buy/ICINGYP4F52N77SZVRNX4HSR

The award-winning West By Orphan Train documentary will be presented at the Broadway Plaza. Statue tours via carriage rides will be available.

 

Saturday, June 5

Emmy-winning writer/producer and Orphan Train descendant, Clark Kidder will be giving a presentation on the history of the New York Juvenile Asylum and the role it played in the Orphan Train Movement. Kidder will also debut his new multi-volume set of books chronicling the history of the New York Juvenile Asylum and its Orphan Trains, documenting the names of thousands of orphan train riders sent west from the Asylum between the years 1854-circa 1921, as well as the names of the foster parents to whom they were indentured or placed. Kidder co-wrote/produced the documentary West by Orphan Train.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear Orphan Train descendants tell the stories of their Orphan Train Riders.

The President’s Award Banquet will be held at the Broadway Plaza at 12:15 pm.

World Premiere of “The Orphan Train Story” documentary by Pippa White at the Brown Grand Theatre.

Tours of the Camp Concordia POW Camp and Cloud County Historical Society Museum and Annex available.