THE HISTORY OF POSTAL SERVICE AT RCC ON MARCH 9TH--12 NOON

TOM RILEY WILL BE PRESENTING A PROGRAM ON THE THE HISTORY OF POSTAL SERVICES ON MARCH 9TH, 2018 AT ROCKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE  FOR SENIOR CITIZENS BASED ON HIS BOOK, "WE DELIVER,"  HIS POWER POINT PRESENTATION IS ABOUT THE HISTORY OF POSTAL SERVICES FROM 6,000 YEARS TO THE PRESENT.  HE WILL ALSO BE HANDING OUT AN ALBUM TO ALL THOSE PRESENT.  BE THERE AND LEARN ABOUT POSTAL SERVICES THROUGHOUT THE AGES.  TOM HAS PRESENTED THIS PROGRAM FOR 12 YEARS TO OVER 20,000 CHILDREN IN THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY'S "BECOME A STAMP COLLECTOR" PROGRAM.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TOM TO PRESENT THIS PROGRAM AT YOUR LIBRARY OR SCHOOL, EMAIL HIM AT TOTRWRITER@AOL.COM.

PIERMONT VILLAGE HALL HOST ORPHAN TRAIN LECTURE/VIDEO JAN 24TH

Tom Riley will be at the Piermont Village Hall on January 24th, 2018 at 6:30pm to host an Orphan Train Lecture/video.  The Orphan Train Era (1853-1929) saw the largest relocation of children in American History.  Over 273,000 children were transported across America by rail over a 75 year period.  The Orphan Trains also ran in Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia but we have no record of the number of children that were transported.  Tom has written 3 books on the Orphan Train Era.  He will give out Handouts, display Posters and sign books.  He will donate $3.00 to the Piermont Historical Society for every book purchased at the regular price.

The Orphan Trains stopped in Congers in 1878 and a farm family took in Anne Courter.  Her brothers were taken in by another family.  It was the Great Hunger in Ireland (1845-1852) that started the Orphan Trains in America.  Over 30,000 Irish orphans roamed the streets of New York City.  Charles Loring Brace, the founder of The Children's Aid Society was appalled at the plight of children living in alleyways, cardboard boxes and sewer pipes.  He thought the children's salvation was to be found in the farmer's home across America.  The American Female Guardian Society, a Temperance Society aided him in placing the children on the trains.

COME TO PIERMONT VILLAGE HALL JANUARY 24TH AT 6:30PM TO LEARN THE STORY

PIERMONT TOWN HALL HOST ORPHAN TRAIN PROGRAM JANUARY 24TH

ON JANUARY 24TH, 2018 AT 7PM TOM RILEY WILL BE DOING A LECTURE/VIDEO AT PIERMONT TOWN HALL ON THE ORPHAN TRAIN ERA (1853-1929).  DURING THIS TIME OVER 273,000 CHILDREN WERE TRANSPORTED OUT OF NEW YORK CITY AND SENT ACROSS AMERICA BY RAIL IN SEARCH OF HOMES FOR THE HOMELESS.  THE BRAINCHILD OF CHARLES LORING BRACE, ONE OF THE CO-FOUNDERS OF THE CHILDREN'S AID SOCIETY THE ORPHAN TRAIN ERA WAS THE LARGEST MIGRATION OF CHILDREN IN AMERICAN HISTORY.  COME TO TOWN HALL ON THE 24TH AND LEARN ABOUT THIS FASCINATING TOPIC.  THE PROGRAM IS SPONSORED BY THE PIERMONT HISTORICAL SOCIETY.  TOM RILEY WILL BE SELLING 3 OF HIS BOOKS ON THE ORPHAN TRAIN ERA.  FOR EVERY BOOK SOLD AT FULL PRICE TOM WILL DONATE $3.00 TO THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY.  DID YOU KNOW THE ORPHAN TRAINS CAME THROUGH CONGERS AND PIERMONT.

The New City Library will host THE BIG GREEN BOOK on NOV. 29th at 7pm

   Tom will be hosting a power point program on his book, THE BIG GREEN BOOK at the New City Library November 29th, 2017 at 7pm.  The author's passion for the welfare of the earth and its inhabitants shine thrugh on each page of this absorbing work.  The Big Green Book discusses the environmental issues facing America and the world and the innovative solutions people are coming up with to address these problems.  It is crucial that we make the right decisions so that our children will have a healthy, vibrant, ecologically diverse and sustainable planet in which to live.

     A wealth of topics including the following: The Gaia Theory, Global Warming, The Demise of Honeybees, World's Oceans Collapse, Patented Genes, Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals, Hidden Disasters in Storing Nuclear Waste, Acid Rain, Diesel is a Disaster, Killing Smog, Sick Building Syndrome, Water Pollution and the use of non-lethal weapons in combat.  These and many other topics and solutions are offered in the program.

HERITAGE BOOKS TO RELEASE "THE BIG GREEN BOOK" & "THE STUYVESANT CONNECTION" BY TOM RILEY

Heritage Books in Maryland will soon be releasing THE BIG GREEN BOOK and THE STUYVESANT CONNECTION by Tom Riley.  The two Illustrated books will be for sale at www.theorphantrainriders.com and Heritagebooks.com.  

Mr. Riley will donate $2.00 from every book sold to WFP (The World Food Program run under the auspices of the United Nations to relieve Hunger in the Sudan).

Upcoming Events for April and May 2017

CONGERS RAILROAD STATION ORPHAN TRAIN ERA

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

Annie Courter was 7 years old when she was taken in by a farm family in Congers, New York in 1878.  The family picked out Annie among the assembled children sent out on an Orphan Train by the Children's Aid Society.  The Orphan Train Era (1853-1929) was the largest migration of children in American history.  Over 273,000 children departed Grand Central Station in NYC and were sent all over the United States.  They were America's first foster children.  Tragically Annie Courter passed away three months after being taken in.  The Congers Railroad Station will be hosting the program on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 from 12 noon to 3pm.  There will be handouts, posters and memorabilia related to the Orphan Train Era.
 



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

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

The Albany Irish American Heritage Museum will be hosting an Orphan Train Lecture/Video presented by Tom Riley on

April 12th, 2017 at 6:30PM.  The Museum is located at 370 Broadway in Albany, NY.  You can call them for more information at 518-427-1916.  At the height of The Great Hunger (1845-1852) over 30,000 Irish orphans were roaming the streets of New York City living in alleyways, cardboard boxes and sewer pipes.  Charles Loring Brace founded the Children's Aid Society along with Theodore Roosevelt Sr.  He initiated The Orphan Trains in an effort to relieve the abject poverty of the Orphans.  By sending them all across America to be taken in by farm families in need of labor he felt he was solving the problem and preventing revolution from occurring in NYC.  Over a 75 year period over 273,000 children were sent out of NYC on Orphan Trains.  The Albany Irish American Heritage Museum is considering hosting a permanent Orphan Train Exhibit.


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

Upcoming Events

THE ORPHAN TRAIN ERA

Thursday,  March 3rd, 2016 at 1:00pm 
at the Montville Library - Montville, NJ - Lecture/video
For more info: pogorman@montvillelibrary.org

THE ORPHAN TRAINS & IRISH Famine

Tuesday,  March 15th, 2016 at 7:00pm
at the Nanuet Library - Nanuet, NY Lecture/video
For more Info: kward@rcls.org

THE ORPHAN TRAIN ERA

Tuesday,  March 23rd, 2016 at 6:15pm 
at the Warwick Library - Warwick, NY - Lecture/video

THE ORPHAN TRAINS & IRISH Famine

Wednesday,  April 20th, 2016 at 6:30pm
at the Goshen Library - Goshen, NY - Lecture/video
For more Info: eleanor@goshenpubliclibrary.org