Story of the Orphan Train (The)

Pippa White [ view artist bio ]

The Story of the Orphan Train


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.


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

Fees: $363 for 1 performance; $726 for 2 or more performances on the same day /

Maximum Audience Size: 250

Availability: Limited; please inquire

Program Length: 75 minutes

Location: At Your School

Teachers' 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.

Standards: 1.2 1.2 Knows how people of the past viewed the events that occurred within their worlds.1.5 1.5 Knows how people depend on, adapt to and change their physical settings.1.10 1.10 Understands that family, gender, ethnicity, nationality, institutional affiliations, socioeconomic status, and other group and cultural influences contribute to the shaping of a person's identity.5.3 5.3 Understands patterns of immigrant life after 1870 (e.g., where people came from and where they settled; how immigrants formed a new American culture; the challenges, opportunities, and contributions of different immigrant groups).5.6 5.6 Knows the ways that families long ago expressed and transmitted their beliefs and values through oral tradition, literature, songs, art, religion, community celebrations, mementos, food, and language.14.1 14.1 Knows character traits that help individuals to succeed.


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