Over 250,000 children were transported from New York to the Midwest over a 75-year period (1854-1929) in the largest mass migration of children in American history. As many as one in four were Irish.

by author Tom Riley

 


Upcoming
Events

CONGERS Railroad Station ORPHAN TRAIN ERA LECTURE &VIDEO

Sunday,  April 23rd, 2017 from 12:00-3:00pm at
The Congers Railroad Station - Congers, NY
Lecture/video
For more info: 
totrwriter@aol.com
or View Flyer

THE ALBANY IRISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MUSEUM TO HOST AN ORPHAN TRAIN ERA LECTURE/VIDEO

Wednesday,  April 12th, 2017 at 6:30pm at
The Albany Irish American Heritage Museum
- Albany, NY
Lecture/video
For more info: 
Contact the museum at
518.427.1916

 

ORPHAN TRAIN PROGRAM AT THE WEST HARRISON LIBRARY

Monday,  May 1st, 2017 at
The West Harrison Library
- West Harrison, NY
Lecture/video
For more info: For more info: 
totrwriter@aol.com

 

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Tom's Books

We Deliver: A chronicle of the deeds performed by the men and women of the u.s. Postal service

This history of the postal service, from its inception over 6,000 years ago to the modern and efficient service we enjoy today, chronicles the deeds performed on and off the job by the men and women of the U.S. Postal Service. This tribute to the 790,000 men and women employed by the U.S. Postal Service includes stories about courage and kindness, heroism and humor. 


Andrew Horace Burke: A Man for All Seasons

The Incredible Story of an Orphan Train Rider and Civil War Drummer Boy Who Grew Up to Become the Governor of North Dakota.


Happy Valley School: A History and Remembrance

Happy Valley School was an outgrowth of the work of The Five Point House, a private charitable foundation organized in 1850 to relieve the distressed conditions of an area in New York City known as the “Five Point District.” It was a country home school for boys and girls in the first through the eighth grades, from six to eighteen years of age. It was dedicated to the service of children whose homes had been broken or who would benefit from school experience in homelike surroundings.


The Orphan Train to Destiny

This novel has it all: adventure, edge-of-your-seat action scenes, martial arts, a little history, and a touch of romance.Marvel at John Brady’s survival of childhood hardships, join him as he ventures into the rugged Alaska Territory in the late 1800s.


Orphan Train Riders:
Volume 2

Entrance Records from the American Female Guardian Society’s Home for the Friendless in New York, Volume 2


Orphan Train Riders:
Volume 1

A Brief History of the Orphan Trail Era (1854-1929) with Entrance Records from the American Female Guardian Society’s Home for the Friendless in New York, Volume 1