MAY 20
Youth Voices:  The Orphan Train Story

Made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Large groups of orphaned children roamed the streets in New York City of the mid-1800s. Charles Loring Brace founded the Children’s Aid Society to provide homeless children a temporary home.  His big idea, however, was the Orphan Train. This program ran its first mission with 46 children bound for Dowagiac in the fall of 1854. The success of that first train, led to 75 years of placing over 250,000 orphans in new homes across the United States. 

Youth Voices is an interactive event for patrons of all ages that brings to life the Orphan Train Story and its Dowagiac connections. You will experience a dramatic performance by Cassopolis Middle School students, storytelling by Mike Frazier of Dowagiac, period music by Beverly Smith and an interactive Poetry writing workshop. This event is one of many events in 2017 commemorating the Orphan Train in Dowagiac as part of the Michigan Humanities Council-funded project, Starting a New Life:  Dowagiac’s Orphan Train Story.

For further information contact the Dowagiac Area History Museum at 269-783-2560.

Beckwith Theatre
100 New York Avenue

2:00 pm
Tickets:  Free and open to the public