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National Orphan Train Complex

300 Washington St, Concordia, KS 66901-1716
+1 785-243-4471
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Well worth the time and extra miles to visit this museum about the orphans who road the rail.

This is a complex of several building dedicated to those east coast turn of the century orphans who... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Eric J
What a treasure

This is a delightful find! The research center has seeming endless capacity for searching... just... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2017
Wichita, Kansas
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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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300 Washington St, Concordia, KS 66901-1716
+1 785-243-4471

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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a complex of several building dedicated to those east coast turn of the century orphans who were sent by rail to families in the Midwest. There is a great deal of information about many of the riders with new infromation coming in weekly....More

Thank Eric J
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

This is a delightful find! The research center has seeming endless capacity for searching... just ask them! They museum and historical Society have done a wonderful job of capturing this nearly forgotten but terribly important piece of our history. It's a bit of a drive...More

Thank LR2th
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Before 'safety nets', 'family services', or any kind of 'welfare', many families were faced with the fact that they simply could not care for their children. It had nothing to do with love, they did not have the resources to feed and clothe them. Some...More

Thank concordiabelle
Reviewed 10 July 2017

The into film gives an overall of the Orphan Train during its span and is well done. There are many pictures and story boards to illustrate this simple program to eliminate starvation on the east coast.

Thank s0ar
Reviewed 4 July 2017

I have read a lot on the orphan trains. This is a great place to learn of them and what the children went through. The staff was very knowledgeable.

Thank fastfriends78
Reviewed 29 June 2017

The Orphan Train Museum was our original purpose for traveling to Concordia - 6 teachers who had seen a presentation and had read some books about this period of history. It didn't disappoint - but please allow at least 2 hours if you really want...More

Thank nanalibrarian
Reviewed 29 June 2017

We must admit that we were a bit clueless about this piece of American history and we were curious after seeing the billboards along the highway what it was so we detoured the few miles off our path to check it out. Boy are we...More

Thank TonyaH637
Reviewed 22 June 2017

They have put so much work into this museum and it shows! They have incredible visuals, photographs, videos, and stories to share. You can learn so much and do so at your own pace. The staff and volunteers are very knowledgeable, personable, and welcoming. It's...More

Thank lh2079
Reviewed 13 June 2017

A must see museum. Dedicated to the estimated 250,000 orphaned, abandoned and homeless children between 1850 and 1930, thanks to the efforts of Charles Loring Brace. While in school, I cannot remember ever reading of this migration of children. See the video before beginning the...More

Thank mch815
Reviewed 27 May 2017

We were acquainted with the stories of the orphan trains, but this small museum has done a superb job of putting faces to the stories. The caring docents were pleased to tell us about the history of the museum and how much this small community...More

Thank Jean67212
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Celeste G
27 September 2016|
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Response from Glenn W | Reviewed this property |
I don't know that answer but I do know who to ask. Contact Lori Halfhide, head researcher at the museum. She will know their capabilities.
Susan T
9 November 2015|
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Response from sharonhoblit | Reviewed this property |
Not sure what I said, there must have been a reason, but it seems the other responses indicate that it is fine. Great museum, do highly recommend it and be sure to check out all that Concordia, Kansas has to offer. Sharon