Orphan Trains Stories

The 1800's were a time of increased immigration, overpopulation in the cities and abandoned children. Each of these stories tell of the adventures of New York City children, victims of their era, who took a hand in their own destinies.

How I Came to Dowagiac

In 1854 ten year old Elsie Dowdel finds herself living on the streets of New York City. She and an orphan girl who helped her, are taken in by the Children's Aid Society. Their adventures continue as they travel by boat to Albany and by train across the state to, hopefully, find a new life.

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The O'Shawnesseys and Their Trains

Five immigrant children, separated by tragedy, find their lives changed by trains. The story is told by the girls and introduces the listener to life in the 1880's and 1890's.

Suitable for all audiences and flexible in length.