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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 July 25, 2019
Burlie B
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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
771KathyP
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Salina, Kansas
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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
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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 Chaperone gave insight to the history.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jean B
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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 of a group tour, so not for sure what the usual price of admission is, or if there is a cost.

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 by total strangers throughout the continental U.S. Some of the stories are very moving and this museum has done an excellent job of both showing the wretched conditions many of them lived in (N.Y.C. in the mid 1800's could be horrible for a child) all the way along to their final adoptions and their lives thereafter. Note: As was explained by the excellent curator, not all of these adoptions resulted in "happy endings" (some were adopted by farmers, etc. just to be free labor and probably had miserable upbringings). On the whole, though, many lived happy lives and some even got in touch with long lost siblings many years after being separated. Don't miss this exhibit!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 757CCC
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