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