The Benton County Historical Society will host Lori Vicker from 10:30 a.m..-12:00 p.m.at the Ray House.


Vicker will summarize the historical era known as the Orphan Train Movement that took place in the US dating from 1854-1929.


More than 200,000 orphan children from urban cities in the East were sent on trains westward. Children, both boys and girls, were ages from babies to 14 years old. Trains stopped in all but Buena Vista and Lee counties in Iowa on their way west.


Speaker Lori Vicker is a retired reading specialist who travels the state sharing her interest and enthusiasm for this little known and forgotten era of history. Lori’s display includes vintage children’s clothing similar to what might have been worn while traveling. She has frequently visited the National Orphan Train Museum in Concordia, Kansas where she has acquired many books and artifacts.


Time will be allotted for your questions.


Donations are going to be accepted for this event, and no reservations are needed to attend!



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