orphan train

Culture
3:58 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

'Orphan Train' Author Visits WKCTC for "One Book, One Campus, One Community Read"

Credit westkentucky.kctcs.edu

New York Times and USA today best-selling author Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train, visits West Kentucky Community and Technical College as the finale to the college's 2015 One Book, One Campus, One Community Read. Although the book is set in the 75 year period between 1854 and 1929, when an estimated quarter of a million abandoned and homeless children were placed with families through the United States and Canada during the "Orphan Train Movement," Kate Lochte asks the author if she sees parallels today.

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Arts
1:45 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Paducah School of Art & Design Hosts Art Contest for 'Orphan Train'

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Credit book cover, Amazon.com

The One Book, One Campus, One Community Read project at West Kentucky Community and Technical College has inspired a community-wide art contest centered around the book Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, an historical novel staged between 1850-1930 and the effort to bring orphan children by train from northern cities to America's heartland. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Paducah School of Art and Design Dean Paul Aho about how to enter the contest.

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West Kentucky High Iron
9:43 am
Sun March 3, 2013

Looking for a Home on the Orphan Train

Credit The Cadiz Record

The Great Depression, along with floods and a severe drought in the 1930s, left many Kentucky families with the difficult decision to keep their hungry children or send them away to a place where they could be taken care of and fed. For at least one orphanage in Jefferson County, that meant overcrowding, and eventually the children’s home began sending orphans across the state on westbound trains.

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