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Historic Oxford Schoolhouse Presents a Lecture on The Orphan Train - May 6

Expires [Saturday, May 06, 2017]

CONTACT:April Bishop
Cultural Arts Coordinator
(913) 663-9157

EVENT:Orphan Train Literature
Presented by Serena Price

DATE:Saturday, May 6, 2017

TIME:10:00 a.m.

LOCATION:The Historic Oxford Schoolhouse
In Ironwoods Park
147th and Mission Rd., Leawood, KS


Historic Oxford Schoolhouse Presents a Lecture on
The Orphan Train

The docents of the Historic Oxford Schoolhouse will host a fascinating program on Saturday, May 6th beginning at 10:00 am in the historic one-room schoolhouse in Ironwoods Park, located at 147th & Mission Road, Leawood, Kansas 66224.

Join us as Serena Price presents the story of her grandmother, Ethel Staley as she crossed the country on the Orphan Train. This History for All Ages Lecture will examine the American tradition of relocating orphans from the east coast to homes in the Midwest.

From 1854 to 1929 an estimated 250,000 orphaned, abandoned, and homeless children were placed throughout the United States and Canada during the Orphan Train Movement. When the orphan train movement began, it was estimated that 30,000 abandoned children were living on the streets of New York City.

This period of mass relocation of children in the United States is widely recognized as the beginning of documented foster care in America.

The Historic Oxford Schoolhouse presents this program in coordination with the Leawood Stage Company's production of Annie, which will be presented July 13-16 and 20-22 at the Ironwoods Park Amphitheater. Annie, the classic Broadway musical for the entire family, celebrates the adoption of Little Orphan Annie, America’s most famous orphan created by Harold Gray for the comic strips.

For more information on this free lecture, contact April Bishop at the City of Leawood, 913-663-9157, or Email aprilb@leawood.org.

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