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National Orphan Train Complex

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Unlimited Immigration - Deja vu all over again ?

Between 1850 and 1930 roughly 35 million immigrants arrived in America. Many were penniless... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Burlie B
McLean, Virginia
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Informative and Emotional Experience

There is no way that one can leave this museum and not be moved by the stories of those connected... read more

Reviewed June 7, 2019
Salina, Kansas
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The National Orphan Train Complex is a museum and research center located on the corner of Third and Washington Streets in Concordia, Kansas. The mission of the National Orphan Train Complex is to collect, preserve, interpret, and disseminate...more
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300 Washington St, Concordia, KS 66901-1716
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Between 1850 and 1930 roughly 35 million immigrants arrived in America. Many were penniless, illiterate, and unable to provide for their children in a time without any form of birth control. As a result an estimated 250,000 orphaned, abandoned, and homeless children were placed into...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed June 7, 2019 via mobile

There is no way that one can leave this museum and not be moved by the stories of those connected with the Orphan Trains. The Orphan Train Museum does a tremendous job of imparting information not only from their displays, but our tour guide, Roberta,...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed May 26, 2019

I travelled to the Orphan Train Complex to learn more about the the Orphan Train effort and about the experience of those that were part of it. And that is exactly what I did. The displays and stories and informative staff were excellent. A thanks...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed April 20, 2019

Small, but informative museum about the Orphan Trains and the children & agents who rode them between 1854 - 1929. A must for anyone who has read Christina Baker Kline's book, The Orphan Train!

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed March 23, 2019 via mobile

Great trip! They were so incredibly knowledgeable and helpful! They even did research for us on a possible family member that rode the train! Highly recommend!

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed January 15, 2019 via mobile

It is an really unique place to visit. So much history . Worth the drive to Concordia . Should also see the WWII prisoner of war camp in Concordia.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Loren S
Reviewed October 15, 2018

We learned of this research center and museum from a flyer picked up at the Kansas welcome center. We thought it would be a quick 15-minute stop but actually spent close to an hour. Having previously read the fictional novels The Orphan Train and The...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jean B
Reviewed October 13, 2018

Historical education of the first form of Foster Care in America and what was seldom taught History Class. A very sobering view of life for those children left on the streets of New York, homeless due to conditions beyond their control. I went as part...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 24, 2018

In town for a reunion, we visited this museum at recommendation of others and we're thrilled we did. A very moving and informative pictorial and history of the thousands of orphans and abandoned children who, from 1854-1929, were taken from sometimes horrible environments and adopted...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

This is a fascinating part of history. So many stories. The museum is small but full of touching stories and great information. Very well done. I can’t wait to see it expand.

Date of experience: September 2018
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September 26, 2016|
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Response from Glenn W | Reviewed this property |
I don't know that answer but I do know who to ask. Contact Lori Halfhide, head researcher at the museum. She will know their capabilities.
Susan T
November 8, 2015|
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Response from sharonhoblit | Reviewed this property |
Not sure what I said, there must have been a reason, but it seems the other responses indicate that it is fine. Great museum, do highly recommend it and be sure to check out all that Concordia, Kansas has to offer. Sharon