Hope to see everyone at the library tomorrow, Thursday, August 2nd at 6:30 pm, for the Boscobel Library History Club.
This month's mystery is The Boscobel Orphan Train. An article in the June 3rd, 1870 edition of the Boscobel Journal is titled "Homes For Boys Wanted", and refers to 30 boys being brought to Pittmann's Hall in Boscobel on the 17th by Mr. E. Trott from the Children's Aid Society of New York for "distribution" to local farms and families. We are looking for any family stories, images, letters, family members or descendants or other memories related to this important event in local and national history, https://www.neh.gov/…/feature/lost-children-riders-the-orph…From 1824 to 1929, more than a quarter million abandoned babies and "street rats" from slums in East Coast cities were sent west on trains by the Aid Society in hopes that they would be adopted by rural families. Their story is part of the fabric of our country and one that many descendants continue trying to piece together. Your participation is welcome and help appreciated!
For more information about the Orphan Trains that visited states across the midwest, visit the following webpages:
History of the Orphan Trains: https://www.neh.gov/humanities/2007/novemberdecember/feature/lost-children-riders-the-orphan-train
Iowa Public Television short: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGhzXU5_f_k
Author Kristina Baker Klein, who wrote the book, The Orphan Train, talks about her research and work: