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

 

THE ORPHAN TRAIN STORY COMES TO THE SHREWSBURY, MASSACHUSETTS LIBRARY

Tom Riley spoke before 80 people at the Shrewsbury Library and did a Lecture/Video on the Orphan Train Era.  Before the lecture/video a meeting of The friends of the Shrewsbury Library was held.  The new Shrewsbury Library will open next year and The Friends of the Library have a very active fundraising arm to aid the new Library.

TOM RILEY SPEAKS BEFORE THE IRISH HISTORY   AT THE TENNIS HALL OF FAME IN NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND

Ann and Tim Arnold and Mike Slein, the director of the Irish History Museum in Newport, Rhode Island invited Tom Riley to speak about The Orphan Train Era (1853-1929) in America and its relationship to the Great Hunger (1845-1852) in Ireland.  Over 150 people showed up for the presentation and another 50 people had to be turned away because of over capacity.  Refreshments were served and $330 was raised for The Oyster Bay Railroad Museum and The Coalition for the Homeless.

THE NEXT ORPHAN TRAIN LECTURE/VIDEO WILL BE AT THE NEW CITY LIBRARY OCT 26TH AT 7PM AND THE SLOATSBURG LIBRARY AT 6PM, NOV. 9TH


TOM RILEY WILL BE TEACHING 4 NON-CREDIT COURSES AT WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Beginning September 16th, 2015, Tom Riley will be teaching at WCC in Valhalla, NY.  If you are interested in any of the following Courses please email:  www.sunywcc.edu/ce or call 914-606-6830 and sign up.  The courses run 6-8 hours.

1)  THE ORPHAN TRAIN ERA (1853-1929)  #83069
2)   FREELANCING FOR FUN & PROFIT#83063
3)  THE HISTORY OF POSTAL SERVICES#83020
4)  STAMP COLLECTING FOR FUN#83024