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National Orphan Train Complex

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Address: 300 Washington St, Concordia, KS 66901-1716
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+1 785-243-4471
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 16:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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The National Orphan Train Complex is a museum and research center located...

The National Orphan Train Complex is a museum and research center located on the corner of Third and Washington Streets in Concordia, Kansas. The mission of the National Orphan Train Complex is to collect, preserve, interpret, and disseminate knowledge about the orphan trains, and the children and agents who rode them. The museum’s collections, exhibitions, programming and research will engage riders, researchers, and the general public and create an awareness of the Orphan Train Movement.

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A Piece of History I Did Not Know

I was not aware of the Orphan Train which relocated orphan children from the East Coast to rural Midwestern homes. Highly recommend a visit to this complex. The introduction... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Cindy L
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omaha
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43 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I was not aware of the Orphan Train which relocated orphan children from the East Coast to rural Midwestern homes. Highly recommend a visit to this complex. The introduction video is very informative and the exhibits are well documented. Staff was informed and helpful. Glad we stopped but this historical event did sadden me.

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Thank Cindy L
Lake Zurich, Illinois
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84 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

I was aware of the Orphan Train because I have a distant relative who was adopted through this movement, so I entered the complex already extremely interested in the topic at hand. There is an excellent gift shop that has almost everything published on the Orphan Trail available for purchase. There is also a short video that gives a good... More 

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Thank SueZet80
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Although I read something a long time ago, I learned so much about the national situation at the time the Orphan Trains developed (and thought of current issues). Some of the stories are heart-wrenching. This ought to be taught in public schools as part of our history.

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Thank Rollin D
Dixon, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Noticed a billboard for the Orphan Train Museum and decided to check it out after reading the book. Very interesting! They were very informative and helpful.

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Thank nancylee54
Salina, Kansas
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38 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Even though we have lived within an hour of this museum we had not visited it until yesterday. What an experience. As a trained historian I was mesmerized by the true stories of orphans who were put on to trains and sent west both to get them out of the eastern cities and in hopes they would find a better... More 

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Thank Glenn W
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

250,000 children came to Midwest by train to be adopted or placed in foster care to families on the prairie. Extremely well done and so interesting to hear the stories of individuals who came on these trains from New York. I grew up in this area and don't remember ever hearing about this in history classes. Many books available on... More 

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Thank C J
Marion, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

After reading Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline this summer, my interest was piqued about the Orphan Train movement of over 250000 orphaned, adopted and homeless children, This museum was a most interesting and informative place to visit. It is located in a Union Pacific Depot built in 1917 and has much original wood work and has been restored very... More 

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Thank Duane T
Topeka, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

We read "Orphan Train Rider" this summer and went to Concordia for a more in depth history lesson. It is a small museum but worth the drive. The ladies who work there are very enthusiastic & knowledgeable!! This is a part of history I never learned, neither have my children. Very fascinating but heart wrenching. Read up and take the... More 

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Thank Lori M
Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

The museum has a large collection of stories and a few artifacts from orphans who were sent west, as well as information about the program founders. The majority of the stories have happy endings, even telling about the orphans' lives beyond the train and into adulthood. There is a little movie to watch before seeing the museum. You can read... More 

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Dickinson
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

Small museum packed full of history, personal accounts, and life stories. The tour guides talk from personal experience giving accounts of family members and telling about the struggles and achievements. Another part of history that was never taught in school.

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