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Education

ORPHAN TRAIN

 

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The Pulse Opera House is presenting “THE ORPHAN TRAIN” to school groups on Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18 at 9:30am & 12:45pm each day. Performances run approximately 1 hour each. In the late 1800’s, New York City orphans overflowed the orphanages and many roamed the streets. In order to find homes for these homeless, neglected children, the Children’s Aid Society of New York rounded up these orphans and placed them on trains to the Midwest. There, many children were taken into Midwest homes to help on farms and be housed and taken care of. Many were adopted and became respectable citizens of the community.

“THE ORPHAN TRAIN” tells the eight different stories of nine children on the trains. Some had happy stories, some not. Some were adopted by loving folks. Some didn’t find homes and were sent back to New York. Trains were known to have stopped in the area like Huntington, Fort Wayne, Bluffton, Andrews, Warren and Marion. Many orphans were taken into area families. “THE ORPHAN TRAIN” stories are an important, yet, little discussed, time our history, in Indiana and in the Midwest.

For more information on Orphan Trains, check out the Pulse Facebook page “Orphan Train at the Pulse.” There is a variety of information there, including newspaper articles from 1909, stories about local families, background on orphan trains and information on the Pulse production.

Attached below is a registration form to see this production at the Pulse.
Please print the form, fill it out & MAIL it to:

Pulse Opera House
P.O. Box 631
Warren, IN. 46792

 

Please list on the form your first choice and 2nd choice for dates shown. BE SURE to MAIL IN your REGISTRATION FORM as soon as possible. Performance Slots (200 per performance) are filled in order of postmark date.
PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL requests.
In order for us to properly keep track of who wishes to see this production and this piece of history, we can ONLY ACCEPT the mailed in Hard-Copy of Registration Forms.

 

 

REGISTRATION-FORM-ORPHAN-TRAIN
(.pdf format)