Orphan Train History

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Date(s) - 06/13/2018
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Milpitas Community Library


The next meeting of the Milpitas Historical Society will be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 13, in the Children’s Activity Room of the Milpitas Library, 160 North Main St., where we will hear about a dramatic and often-forgotten part of American history: The Orphan Trains!


Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farm- lands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by luck and chance.


Our speaker, Jeanne MacVicar, a prominent Los Altos realtor and civic contributor, grew up in Clyde, Kansas and has a lifelong interest in history, which led to her extensive research on the Orphan Train Movement. This was on a personal level as her Great-Aunt Adeline Trowbridge arrived in Clyde on an Orphan Train in 1911. Adeline was taken in at the age of 3 by Jeanne’sGreat-Grand- parents, George and Sarah Trowbridge. Adeline lived in Clyde her whole life and is buried in the Clyde cemetery.

Jeanne MacVicar will tell us the greater story of the Orphan Train movement and of how her great aunt’s lifewas changed by it.  For more information on Orphan Train Movement talks, email Jeanne MacVicar at jeanne@serenogroup.com.

Our meetings are free and all are welcome. Hope you can join us then.

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