Story of the Orphan Train (The)

Pippa White

How many?  At least 200,000 but maybe as many as half a million. Fending for themselves on the streets of New York, homeless children were given a chance for a new life in America's heartland by riding the orphan train. 

Many were relocated here to Kansas City and the surrounding areas. Using memoirs, letters, and interviews, Pippa White brings to life the orphans who want to share a heartrending and fascinating part of American history.


To schedule this program please contact us at 816-531-4022 or by email at


Grade Levels: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12

Fees: $417 single, $835 double / Title I Schools may qualify for funding assistance.

Maximum Audience Size: 250

Availability: Limited; please inquire

Program Length: 75 minutes

Teacher Guide: Story of the Orphan Train TPG

Requirements: PLEASE NOTE: This program is 75 minutes in length. Requires a well-lit gym or auditorium that can be darkened for parts of the presentation; sound system with microphone jack.

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