Library to present Riders on the Orphan Train

John Pacheco


The Dripping Springs Community Library (DSCL) has received a grant to host Riders on the Orphan Train, a multi-media history program by Alison Moore and Phil Lancaster, on a the placement of New York orphans through use of trains that traveled west.

The program will include live music, narrative, and video; and will take place on Thursday May 10, at 4:30 p.m. at the library, 501 Sportsplex Drive. The event is free, and all members of the community are invited.

On the Orphan Train “tells the story of one of the best kept secrets of American History. It chronicles the lives of two children, among approximately 250,000 young people ‘placed out’ between 1854 and 1929; boarding trains in New York City and literally given away at rail stations across the country. From the teeming streets of New York among a crush of immigrants; through the winding down of the old West; the dustbowl Riders on The Orphan Train is a story of the search for home, of dislocation, of loss and the rapidly changing quality of American life.”

“We are very pleased and honored to be able to bring this historic program to our community and our patrons,” DSCL Library Assistant Kaylee Black said. “I think it’s a fascinating piece of history that people will enjoy.”

The Riders on the Orphan Train touring program is an outreach of the National Orphan Train Complex, and is based on the historical novel of the same name by Alison Moore. More information on The Riders on the Orphan Train can be found at:

This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. More information on Humanities Texas can be found at

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