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riders on the orphan train

A Multi-Media Program
• Storytelling • Live music • Video


Riders on the Orphan Train chronicles the lives of two children among approximately 250,000 young people "placed out" between 1854 and 1929; boarding trains in New York City and literally given away at rail stations across the country. From the teeming streets of New York among a crush of immigrants;  through the winding down of the old West; the dustbowl Riders on the Orphan Train is a story of the search for home, of dislocation, of loss and the rapidly-changing quality of American life.

A chapter of the novel is featured in the Riders on the Orphan Train touring program. For more information about the book, please visit Alison Moore's website.


Phil Lancaster or Alison Moore

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