The presentation will be Wednesday, May 24th at 6:30 pm, at the Iosco County Museum, 405 W. Bay St., East Tawas...With noted Michigan Historians Al and Dave Eicher. From 1854 to 1927 about 12,500 orphans were place in Michigan, many from the New York Children's Aid Society. Come ride with us on the "Baby Train" traveling the route of the Michigan Central Railroad. Free program, refreshments will be served.
Did you know 12,500 orphans from New York City and the Boston area were placed in Michigan from 1854 to 1927. The production company spent a year and a half in research and searching for photos of the Orphan Train Riders in Michigan. They have produced a television documentary about this event in Michigan’s history, depicting in great detail the selection process and being an Orphan Train Rider. Over the past 5 years, the Program Source has been offering lectures on the topic. On several occasions, we’ve had actual Orphan Train Riders and their relatives in attendance, to tell us their stories.
The first Orphan Train Riders (14 boys), arrived in Dowagiac, Michigan on a Sunday morning in late September 1854, traveling on the Michigan Central Railroad. By 1927, forty-three Michigan towns would also receive orphans from the “Baby Train”, as it was sometimes called. Most of the children came from the New York Children’s Aid Society and the New England Home for “Little Wanderers”. Thirty nine percent were girls, and most children were never adopted.