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National Orphan Train Complex, Concordia

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Between 1854 - 1929 an estimated 250,000 orphaned, homeless and abandoned children from New York City and large East Coast cities were placed out in families in rural communities across the United States.

The Orphan Train Movement was the beginning of the modern day foster care system. There are over 2 million descendants of orphan train riders today and 1 in 25 Americans has a connection to a rider!

The National Orphan Train Complex is dedicated to preserving the history of the Orphan Trains, and spreading awareness through our depot museum and research center.

Monday: By Appointment

Tuesday-Friday: 10am-12pm and 1pm-4pm (Closed betwen 12pm and 1pm for noon hour)

Saturday: 10am-4pm

If you are planning on visiting the museum please call ahead to confirm the Complex is open. The Curator may unexpectedly be called away from the Complex.
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  • Fascinating look into a past that many don't know about. We have read the Orphan train stories so knew OF the trains but to read actual experiences made it more real. Well laid out and the movie gave....  more
    Fascinating look into a past that many don't know about. We have read the Orphan train stories so knew OF the trains but to read actual experiences made it more real. Well laid out and the movie gave....  more »
  • A fascinating and well laid out museum telling the story of something I don't remember ever hearing about before. I don't have one favorite part - the whole experience was wonderful. 
    A fascinating and well laid out museum telling the story of something I don't remember ever hearing about before. I don't have one favorite part - the whole experience was wonderful.  more »
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  • Very Interesting Museum! The 10 Minutes Film Is Very Moving And Informative. The Orphan Trains Operated Between 1864 And 1929. The Children’s Were Transported To Their New Homes From Eastern Cities Of The United States To Foster Homes Located In Rural Areas Of The Midwest. We Learn Some History.
  • Really interesting and a wake up on how white kids of imagination back then were relocated; not just a minority problem in US history but all colors, creed and race had it. Its worth your time to visit and learn a quiet part of US history not taught. Cheers

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