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Gliddon Local and Family History Series

Orphan Trains with Clark Kidder

In this presentation, Clark Kidder brings to light his own research on the orphan trains. Between 1854 and 1929, nearly 250,000 children were transported from New York City to the homes of farm families in almost every state, particularly in the Midwest. Kidder tells the Dickensian story of his paternal grandmother, the late Emily (Reese) Kidder, of Milton, who, at the tender age of thirteen, rode an orphan train to the Midewest in 1906. Kidder will read from his book, Emily's Story - The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider. He will also show pictures from the book in a PowerPoint presentation. The presentation runs about one hour in length, and Mr. Kidder will conduct a Q & A session and book signing following the presentation.

Date & Time

October 22, 2017

2:00PM - 4:00PM

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Free, but Reservations are required.

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