LITTLE FALLS -- The 42nd annual Reunion of the New York Orphan Train Riders Group, their families and friends will be Aug. 23-24 at St. Francis Center, 116 Eighth Ave. S.E., Little Falls.
Mary Ellen Johnson, founder and director of the Orphan Train Heritage Society of America, Inc., Springdale, Ark., will be available to talk with attendees about solving research problems. Johnson recently traveled to New York City, where she visited with the Sisters of Charity at the New York Foundling Hospital and with individuals at the Children's Aid Society. She hopes to enlighten attendees on the process of retrieving records from the state of New York. She has spent 16 years gathering data about orphan trains.
From 1854-1929 an estimated 150,000-250,000 children born in New York rode the orphan trains to various locations in the country. A considerable number of orphans were adopted by Minnesota families, especially during from 1900-1929. This group, through acquaintances over the years, has met at various locations since 1961.
Any orphan born in New York and placed with the New York Foundling or the Children's Aid Society of New York is welcome, as are their family members and friends.
For more information contact Sister Justina Bieganek at (320) 632-2981; fax to (320) 632-1714; e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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