Riders on the Orphan Train Awarded Oklahoma Humanities Grant

May 17, 2023

Concordia, KS – The National Orphan Train Complex is pleased to announce that their outreach group, Riders on the Orphan Train, has received a nearly $5,000 grant from Oklahoma Humanities. The grant will be used to assist in funding musical storytelling presentations across Oklahoma, which will allow the National Orphan Train Complex to provide access to, and resources for, the humanities in the state of Oklahoma.

The one-hour multi- media program by Riders on the Orphan Train combines live music by Phillip Lancaster and Alison Moore, video montage with archival photographs and interviews of survivors, and a dramatic reading of the 2012 novel “Riders on the Orphan Train” by award-winning author Alison Moore. Although the program is about children, it is designed to engage audiences of all ages and to inform, inspire and raise awareness about this little-known part of our history.

We are so pleased to receive this grant, which helps us reach audiences outside of our museum in Kansas, and share the story of the orphan train movement with them.

Funding for this program is provided in part by a grant from Oklahoma Humanities (OH) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the Riders on the Orphan Train program do not necessarily represent those of OH or NEH.

About Oklahoma Humanities

Oklahoma Humanities (OH) is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen communities by helping Oklahomans learn about the human experience, understanding new perspectives, and participate knowledgeably in civic life through the humanities disciplines such as history, literature, film studies, art criticism, and philosophy. As the state partner for the National Endowment for the Humanities, OH provides a free education al magazine, Smithsonian Institution exhibits, reading and discussion groups, and other cultural opportunities for Oklahomans of all ages. OH engages people in their own communities, stimulating discussion and helping them explore the wider world of human experience.